POSITION IN SPAIN AS DISCLOSED BY DEBATE IN THE HOUSE ON THE ANGLO-ITALIAN AGREEMENT
November 2, 1938.
Arthur Greenwood: The real substance of the debate is not the Anglo-Italian Agreement, but the price somebody is to have to pay for it. That price is to be paid by the people of Spain.
The Prime Minister has repeatedly refused to define what he meant by a settlement of the Spanish question. What the average citizen means by that is that somehow in some way hostilities shall come to an end.
R.A. Butler: The Prime Minister's definition of settlement was made on 26 July, when he said that if the Government thought that Spain had ceased to be a menace to the peace of Europe, that would be regarded as a settlement of the Spanish question.
Cptn. McEwen: said that there were people who were demanding that there should be no dealings with Italy until she had withdrawn every single man and piece of equipment from Spain. If we were going to insist upon that there would be no Agreement.
In what way has the situation substantially altered since the Prime Minister got his Treaty ratified by the House on May 2? In Spain the war has been waged with increasing bitterness; there have been large foreign reinforcements designed to bring a settlement by the complete destruction of the Republican Government.
Does the withdrawal of 10,000 war-weary wounded convalescent infantrymen make all the difference to the prospect of prominent peace in Europe? Was this withdrawal of soldiers who for any reason were unable to be effective