HC Deb 27 January 1937 vol 319 c913
1. Mr. Mander

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether, in view of the danger to world peace involved in definite commitments being given by Great Britain in a limited area of Western Europe only and British action being left uncertain elsewhere, he will consider the advisability of making a declaration to the effect that Great Britain is prepared to co-operate with all other States willing to take similar action to the full extent of its resources against aggression in any part of Europe?

The Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (Viscount Cranborne)

My right hon. Friend has on several recent occasions in this House and elsewhere clearly defined the scope and implications of British foreign policy, and I cannot add to his statements, nor can I accept the implication which the hon. Member draws from them.

Mr. Mander

Do not the Government realise that their present indefinite policy is leading this country straight to war?

Mr. Emmott

With reference to the question on the Paper, will the right hon. Gentleman remember the dangers to world peace involved in indefinite commitments which, by reason of their indefinite nature, form no firm foundation for foreign policy?