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Covenant

Volume 235: debated on Wednesday 26 February 1930

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26.

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether it is proposed to make any alteration in the Covenant of the League of Nations; and, if so, the nature of the proposed alterations?

A committee is now sitting at Geneva to report on the amendments necessary to bring the Covenant into harmony with the Pact of Paris. As regards the nature of the amendments proposed, those put forward by the British delegation were designed to eliminate from Articles 12 and 15 of the Covenant the so-called right of "private war" which they now allow.

Would any alteration made in tine Covenant be brought before both Houses of Parliament before it is ratified?

We have already undertaken to lay all these Treaties before both Houses, and, before ratification takes place, there will certainly be an opportunity given to this House.

Does the right hon. Gentleman think it would be possible to lay the instructions which have been issued to the British representative on the Committee?

Can my right hon. Friend say whether his predecessor published any of the instructions which he gave?