§ SIR ERNEST FLOWER (Bradford, W.)
I beg to ask the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he can now state what the result of the representations made by His Majesty's Government to the Government of the Netherlands in the case of the claims made by Mr. John Godden against the Dutch Colonial Government has been; whether His Majesty's representative at the Court of the Hague has received instructions to urge that the matters in dispute shall be the subject of arbitration; and if the Government of the Netherlands is prepared to accept the principles of the Hague Tribunal for the settlement of claims represented by a friendly Government as suitable for arbitration.
§ THE UNDER-SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Earl PERCY, Kensington, S.)
The reply received from the Netherlands Government is unfavourable to Mr. Godden's claim. His Majesty's Government would have been glad if the Dutch Government could have seen their way to submit the matters in dispute to the decision of a suitable tribunal, whether under the Convention of the Hague or otherwise.