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326 Mr J. A. Lyons, Prime Minister, to Mr M. MacDonald, U.K. Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs

Cablegram unnumbered6 December 1938,


Reported here that Prime Minister [1] in House of Commons
Stated:(begins) It was for each member of the British Commonwealth
to decide the extent to which it would participate in any war in
which another member was engaged but I am sure I am right in
interpreting the wishes of the people of Britain when I say that
if any part of the Empire is attacked we will go to its aid
without hesitation (ends).

Glad of immediate advice as to whether Prime Minister used these
words. Glad also to receive any amplifying statement which would
be useful to me here in compiling comments which I have been asked
to make.


1 Neville Chamberlain.

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Last Updated: 11 September 2013
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