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Japan (Peace Treaty)

Volume 476: debated on Wednesday 14 June 1950

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has any statement to make on the progress toward the conclusion of a peace treaty with Japan.

I have nothing to add to what my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary said in his speech in the Debate on Foreign Affairs on 24th May.

In view of the importance of this matter, can the Minister say when it will be possible to make an affirmative statement about it?

It is a very difficult thing for us to make a unilateral affirmative statement on the subject because so many other Governments are involved. As the hon. Member knows, the United States Government have this subject under consideration and the position was explained by my right hon. Friend.

Can the hon. Gentleman tell us this? We have read in the newspapers that various representatives of the United States are now on their way to Japan to look into the question of the peace treaty. Are they in consultation with us over this matter? Are we bringing back our Ambassador for consultations?.

On the latter part of the hon. Gentleman's question, I do not think we are contemplating doing that, but we are in continuous consultation with the United States about this matter.

Can the hon. Gentleman say exactly what a "unilateral affirmative statement" means? Does it mean "Yes"?

It means saying "Yes" on our own account without consulting the numerous other bodies concerned.