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point, then some other country taking the opposite view
may find it difficult, if not impossible, to refrain from joining
in, and a conflict may be started of which no man can see
the end.
" In these circumstances, the policy of His Majesty's
Government has been consistently directed to one end, and
one end only, namely, to maintain the peace of Europe by
confining the war to Spain. It is for that purpose that, in
conjunction with France, we have worked to set up and,
since then, to maintain the Non-intervention Agreement. No
body could have had a harder task than the Committee, and
we in this country have suffered the usual fate of those who
have tried to be impartial. We have been deliberately accused
by both sides of partiality towards the other. But although
, we have had to express as a Government our dissatisfaction
with the failure of the scheme of non-intervention, we maintain,
though it is true that intervention has gone on, and is going
on in spite of the Non-intervention Agreement, that it is also
true that up to the present we have succeeded in achieving
the object which has been at the back of our policy the whole
time. We shall continue to pursue that object and that
policy as long as we feel that there is a reasonable hope of
avoiding a spread of the conflict. I do not take the view
myself that it is fantastic to continue this policy successfully
even to the end.
" The situation is serious, but it is not hopeless, and, in
particular, although it may be true that various countries or
various governments desire to see one side or the other side
successful, there is not a country or a government that wants
to see a European war. Since that is so, let us to try to keep
cool heads and neither say nor do anything to precipitate a
disaster which everybody really wishes to avoid. I think we
are bound to recognise that as long as this civil war is going
on in Spain------"
MR. GALLAGHER :   " Invasion."
THE PRIME MINISTER: "Incidents are bound to occur
which involve foreign Powers. The very duties which
foreign Powers have imposed upon themselves in trying to
stop the importation of weapons and ammunition into
Spain—[an HON. MEMBER: "What foreign Powers?*']—