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Austrian Chancellor (Discussions)

Volume 656: debated on Thursday 29 March 1962

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asked the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on his discussions with the Austrian Chancellor concerning the interest of the United Kingdom, arising out of Article 10 (2) of the Italian Peace Treaty, in the South Tyrol question.

No, Sir. As the House is well aware, it is not right to divulge what has transpired in confidential discussions.

Did the Prime Minister assure the Austrian Chancellor, and can he assure the House, that the British Government will use their influence as a result of the discussions which are now proceeding to ensure that the people of the Province of Bolzano will at long last secure the autonomous powers and rights which they were guaranteed in the Paris Agreement?

Her Majesty's decision in this matter has been made abundantly clear. We do not take sides in the substance of this unfortunate dispute between two of our European friends, but we sincerely hope that as a result of the resolution of the United Nations General Assembly, Austria and Italy will be able to resolve their differences.