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Volume 245: debated on Wednesday 19 November 1930

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what proposals are being made at Geneva on behalf of the Government for derogations from the draft Disarmament Convention?

I would refer my hon. Friend to the answer given to my hon. and gallant Friend, the Member for Central Hull (Lieut.-Commander Kenworthy) on the 12th of November.

In view of the reports which have appeared in the Press, may I ask whether it is the ease that the representative of the Government on the Preparatory Commission has proposed a derogation of the draft Convention allowing the Government to increase forthwith beyond the Convention in case of rebellion within the Empire?

I have already stated to the House, and I think the House generally has accepted the position, that when the present session of the Preparatory Commission terminates I will publish a full statement indicating the line our representative has taken; and I understand that the House accepted that position.

Are we to have reports of these amendments appearing in the Press without the House being informed about them?

The hon. Member has been sufficiently long in this House to know that he may expect anything from the Press.