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London And Washington Naval Treaties

Volume 245: debated on Wednesday 19 November 1930

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether any further steps have been taken in relation to the outstanding differences left by the London Naval Treaty?

Certain conversations have recently taken place, but I am not in a position at present to make any statement on the subject.

Can the right hon. Gentleman give any indication when he will be able to make a. statement?

I am afraid not. These conferences began as long ago as last May and were reopened in September. They have recently been reopened again. How long they will continue or what progress will be made I am not at the moment in a position to say.


asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he has any information as to the intentions of the French Government with regard to its availing itself of the replacement tonnage of capital ships permissible under the Washington Agreement?

The answer is in the negative.

Has the First Lord's attention been called to notices which have appeared in the Press in connection with this matter?


asked the First lord of the Admiralty whether he is aware of any naval construction now being undertaken by foreign Powers which will place Great Britain at a disadvantage on the expiry of the Washington and London Naval Treaties; and what steps he proposes to take to protect British interests?

The answer to the first part of the question is in the negative. The second part of the question, therefore, does not arise.