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Poland (Silesia And Slovakia)

Volume 390: debated on Wednesday 2 June 1943

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will consider suggesting to the Polish Government that the cause of Allied unity would be promoted by the renunciation of Polish claims to the parts of Silesia and Slovakia annexed at the time of the Munich Agreement?

I have been asked to reply. No, Sir. This is a matter which concerns two Allied countries, and I do not feel able to intervene as suggested.

Has the right hon. Gentleman noted that the Czechoslovakian National Government have recently urged that the Polish claims should be renounced in the interests of friendship between the two countries?

Should not Poland be given every opportunity of securing East Prussia after the war?

Does my right hon. Friend not consider that Questions of this kind, at such a time as this, tend to serve the cause of the enemy rather than our own?

I am obliged to my hon. Friend. I think that, on the whole, it is better to abstain from this kind of Questions, which I think do no good and might cause trouble.

Does the right hon. Gentleman refer to the original Question or to the Supplementary?

Generally I think these matters are best left to be dealt with by the Allied Governments concerned.