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Secret Agreements (Publication)

Volume 526: debated on Thursday 8 April 1954

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asked the Prime Minister whether he will now publish all secret agreements with other countries made by Her Majesty's Government during the Second World War.

No, Sir; unless I believe it to be in the public interest—

On occasion the two may be identical—No, Sir; unless I believe it to be in the public interest, and the consent of the other parties concerned has, where necessary, been obtained in each case.

The Prime Minister having referred to the public interest as the over-riding consideration, is he willing to give an assurance that the future publication of these agreements, subject to the conditions he has mentioned, will be motivated solely by consideration for public interest and not for the purpose of promoting sterile squabbles of a purely party political nature?