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Full text of "The Struggle For Peace"

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of the Czechoslovakia*! Government a sum of ;£io5ooo,ooo
for their urgent needs. We told them, when we announced
this decision to them, that we had particularly in mind the
demands which they would have to meet in respect of the
maintenance and settlement of refugees from the transferred
areas, and we expressed the view that if it were thought neces-
sary for some of those refugees to emigrate, their transfer
elsewhere should be assisted by the Czechoslovakian Govern-
ment by funds derived from this £10,000,000.
" With regard to the guaranteed loan out of which this
£10,000,000 will be repaid, that is a matter which we shall have
to lay before Parliament in due course. We have not yet got
sufficient information as to the necessary details, nor have we
yet been able to ascertain what is likely to be the attitude of
the French Government in joining with us in a loan of this
kind. Therefore, we are not in a position to carry the matter
any further at this moment, but in due course we shall have
to lay before the House the proposals we shall have to make.
In the meantime, we have been informed by the Czecho-
slovak Government that they would welcome any arrange-
ment by which we could be informed of the methods and the
progress of expenditure out of those funds. We at once
appointed as our liaison officer in Prague Mr. R. J. Stopford,
who was a member of the Runciman Commission, to obtain
such information as may be available from time to time as to
the number and types of refugees in Czechoslovakia and the
conditions in which those who might have to emigrate might
be enabled to do so.
" I think that the right hon. Gentleman (Mr. Attlee) rightly
pointed out that we are here in the presence of a comparatively
new problem which goes much beyond that of the Czecho-
slovak refugees. We are face to face with the difficulty that
more and more persons are to-day finding themselves State-
less. They are being driven out of the countries in which they
had settled, and other countries have not shown any great
willingness to take them in. The inter-governmental com-
mittee, over which my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the
Duchy of Lancaster (Lord Winterton) presides, has the duty
of dealing with this question and has made it clear that
involuntary emigrants of German origin, whose emigration