134 .—,---------------------------------------------------.--------- hardly justified by the evidence before us. Why does he think a victory is imminent ? It may be, I am not saying it is not; but we have heard on a good many occasions that victory was imminent on one side or the other. I remember the right hon. Gentleman coming back from Spain and saying that the other side were on the point of victory. There have been successive disappointments, first on one side and then on the other for quite a long time.1 I ask myself, supposing it be true that that which suddenly seems to have altered the situation in favour of General Franco's forces, does presage what I may call a complete victory, can it be said that that is due to the accession of fresh forces and munitions to his side? [HON. MEMBERS : * Yes.'] Of course, it can be said, but can it be supported ? After all, there are foreign forces on both sides. There are rumours of additions to the foreign forces on both sides, but as far as I am concerned I am bound to say that I have not yet seen evidence which I can feel was con- vincing and reliable as to the numbers or quantities of the forces or munitions on either side. " Hon. Members opposite admit that they are partisans in this matter. They believe every story against the other side and disbelieve all the stories which they think are not favour- able to their own side. I cannot take up that line. I have to weigh the evidence before I found upon it action which may involve His Majesty's Government first, and then the people of this country, in serious consequences. I say that so far the rumours, although they may be considered to be more or less probable, are still only rumours, and I have no definite evidence of these fresh accessions of forces which hon. Members opposite appear to take for granted. As far as I can see, there is no reliable evidence that, whatever may be the effect of this recent advance of General Franco, he has not been able to carry it through with the forces which were at his disposal and have been at his disposal for some time. " I ask myself, in the second place, what is this Ministerial policy for which the right hon. Gentleman has called, and 1 Mr. Chamberlain was right in his forecast of the Spanish military situation: the Opposition wrong. After General Franco's victory in March and the arrival of his armies on the Mediterranean coast, a long period of deadlock set in on all fronts.