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Full text of "The Struggle For Peace"

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individuals who wished to exercise the right, and also any
question of principle which arose out of the transfer. This is
a subject of considerable magnitude, because we are informed
that there are something like 580,000 Czechs now in German
territory and something like 250,000 Germans in Czech
territory. That is a matter which is left to this German-Czech
Commission, and they have not yet, I understand, formulated
any conclusions, but when they do they will bring them to
the notice of the International Commission.
" Then I come to the question of the refugees. Here, at any
rate, I do not think I need quarrel with the right hon. Gentle-
man. All of us, I think, are at one in approaching this problem
of the refugees with a very sincere sympathy, not only on
account of the ordinary humanitarian principles which are
common to everybody but because it has always been a
tradition of British policy to offer asylum, as far as possible, to
persons who, on account of racial or political or religious
reasons were not able any longer to live in their own country.
At the beginning of October it was represented to the Govern-
ment that there were in Czechoslovakia a certain number of
individuals who were in danger if they remained where they
were, and accordingly we authorised the temporary admis-
sion to this country of those individuals up to the number of
350, on the undertaking, given to us, that means would be
found to maintain these individuals, if necessary, during their
stay here."
Miss RATHBONE : " Why only 350 ? **
THE PRIME MINISTER : " Permission to enter was given
only to the actual individual in danger and not to his family,
but the Government are willing to admit the families of those
individuals also if similar undertakings about their main-
tenance are provided. I agree with the right hon. Gentleman
in the welcome which he paid to the initiative of the Lord
Mayor of London in issuing an appeal for the relief of refugees.
As he said, a considerable sum of money has been raised, and
the Government are giving all the assistance they can to the
Lord Mayor and to his representatives in Prague; and we have
given similar assistance to other British subjects who have
interested themselves in the evacuation or the relief of refugees.
The House will remember that we have placed at the disposal