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Danzig (Status)

Volume 415: debated on Wednesday 31 October 1945

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what is now the international status of Danzig; whether it is still a State under Articles 100–108 of the Treaty of Versailles; or when and by what juridical process it ceased to be a State.

The juridical position of the free city of Danzig is, in the view of His Majesty's Government, unchanged, and will remain so until it is re-determined at the Peace Settlement. The position of Danzig de facto is, as the House is aware, that it was placed under the administration of the Polish State by agreement between His Majesty's Government, the United States Government and the Soviet Government at the Potsdam Conference.

In that case, can the right hon. Gentleman tell us what is the nationality of the inhabitants of Danzig; and whether, for purposes of deportation and so on, they are treated as Germans, or what?