§ MR. WILLIAM REDMOND (Clare, E.)
I beg to ask the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he can give an assurance that the Anglo-French Agreement in reference to the New Hebrides will not be finally concluded without the consent and approval of the Australian Government.
§ * MR. CHURCHILL
A draft Convention respecting the New Hebrides was recently signed by a joint Anglo-French Commission sitting in London for submission to the British and French Governments. It was then made perfectly clear that the draft Convention would be communicated to the Governments of the Commonwealth of Australia and New Zealand, who have been informed that it will not be confirmed until His Majesty's Government have had an opportunity of considering the views of those Governments.