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be in its consequences as momentous a statement as has been
made in this House for a quarter of a century. It is very
difficult with such recent statements before us to say very
much, but may I ask the right hon. Gentleman one or two
questions which I do not think he has made quite clear ia his
statement ? I would like to ask him whether the statement
which he has now read is to be regarded as the first step in a
developing policy to deter or restrain aggression, and, if so,,
will the Government take immediate, active and energetic
steps to bring into this arrangement other Powers ? Will he
especially think of the value of the Union of Soviet Socialist
Republics together with other Powers, large and small?
Will he do so with the wider object of obtaining the maximum
amount of co-operation in the defence of peace ? Will he
consider now the advisability of an immediate conference of
those Powers who might be prepared to range themselves
on the side of peace as against aggression ?
THE PRIME MINISTER : " I will try to answer the questions
which the right hon. Gentleman has put to me. I think the
statement makes it clear that what I have said is intended to
cover what I may call an interim period. The Government,
as has already been announced, are in consultation with
various other Powers, including, of course, the Soviet Govern-
ment. My Noble Friend the Foreign Secretary saw the
Soviet Ambassador this morning, and had very full discussions
with him on the subject. I have no doubt that the principles
upon which we are acting are fully understood and appreciated
by that Government. The House is aware that we are expect-
ing a visit next week from Colonel Beck, the Foreign Secretary
of Poland. There will then be an opportunity of discussing
with him the various further measures that may be taken in
order, as the right hon. Gentleman has put it, to accumulate
the maximum amount of co-operation in any efforts that may
be made to put an end to aggression, if aggression were
intended, and to substitute for it the more reasonable and
orderly method of discussion.9*
MR. GREENWOOD : <e There is a point to which the right
hon. Gentleman did not refer—the possibilities of a con-
ference. May I put this point, and I want to put it quite
frankly, as I think the House will not be without a feeling of