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League Of Nations Covenant (British Obligations)

Volume 237: debated on Thursday 3 April 1930

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asked the Prime Minister whether he will undertake that our existing obligations under the Covenant of the League of Nations are not increased in any way at the next meeting of the League as a result of any arrangement come to at the Naval Conference?

I would refer the hon. and gallant Member to the answers given to questions by my right hon. and gallant Friend the Member for Newcastle-under-Lyme (Colonel Wedgwood) and the hon. Members for Maidstone (Commander Bellairs) and Devon-port (Mr. Hore-Belisha) on Monday last, and to the hon. and gallant Member for Warwick and Leamington (Captain Eden), yesterday, to which replies I have nothing to add.

May I ask whether those answers refer at all to any contemplated change—

May I ask the right hon. Gentleman whether the information that is in the Press might not also be given to this House. I mean the information in connection with the interpretations. I want to know whether the interpretations are not, in effect, modifications of the Covenant, and as binding on us in honour as the Covenant itself?

I have given no information whatever to the Press, and I hope that hon. and right hon. Gentlemen will not attribute to me anything that appeared there.