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Wednesday, 23 November 1938

Mr LYONS (Wilmot) (Prime Minister) . - by leave - On the 16th November, the Deputy Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Forde) asked me whether, in view of the fact that in the House of Commons recently a White Paper was tabled incorporating all the communications which had passed between the respective governments up to the signing of the Munich Pact, I would table in this Parliament all the communications which passed between the Commonwealth Government and other governments in regard to that agreement.

I promised to look into the matter to see whether any further documents could be released. The position is that the Government of the United Kingdom issued two White Papers. Copies of all documents published in the first of these, Command 5847 of the 28th September, 1938, with the exception of the sketch map, which at that time had not been received by the Commonwealth Government, were tabled in this House on the 28th September. All documents included in the second White Paper, Command 5848, except the sketch map based on the map attached to the Munich Pact, have been given to this House. The personal messages from Mr. Chamberlain to Herr Hitler and Signor Mussolini of the 28th September and the substance of the extract, cited in Command 5848, from Mr. Chamberlain's speech to the House of Commons on the 28th September, were incorporated in my statement to this House on the 29th September. The text of the Munich Pact was laid on the table by the Minister for Commerce (Sir Earle Page) on the 5th October.

The Commonwealth Government has also made public the messages which passed between President Roosevelt and myself and has indicated the nature and contents of its communications to the Government pf the United Kingdom. With the exception of the two maps which it was not possible to reproduce when tne other documents were published, this Parliament has had all the documents which were released to the British Parlia ment. These documents, and the other information which has been made available by the Commonwealth Government, give all the material facts of the negotiations which led up to the Munich Pact.

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