§ 2 and 11. Mr. Mander
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (I) whether he will consider the advisability of making it clear to the German Government that in no circumstances will the former German Colonies be returned in full sovereignty to Germany and that no possibility exists of discussion of the extension of the mandates system and internationalisation of colonial administration, except as part of a final settlement, which would involve the return of Germany to full co-operation with the League of Nations and the putting into operation of a disarmament convention under international supervision;
(2) whether he will consider the advisability in connection with a general settlement, including the return of Germany to full co-operation with the League of Nations and the putting into force a disarmament convention with international inspection, of proposing that colony-owning nations, such as Great Britain, Belgium, France, Holland, Portugal, and Italy should place their colonies under mandate from the League of Nations and introduce the principle of international administration, with a view to depriving those countres without colonies, such as Germany and Poland, of the grievances at present existing?
§ The Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (Mr. Eden)
I have nothing to add to previous statements on this subject made on behalf of His Majesty's Government.
§ Mr. Mander
Will my right hon. Friend be good enough to consider these two questions as a contribution towards the study of the problem?
§ Brigadier-General Sir Henry Croft
Is my right hon. Friend aware that the mere fact that such questions are tabled, suggesting giving away the British Colonial Empire, is resented in every part of the British Empire?
§ Mr. Shinwell
Will the rght hon. Gentleman bear in mind that the policy of the Government still remains somewhat ambiguous?