HC Deb 03 March 1910 vol 14 c960

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether his attention had been drawn to a recent speech in London by Count Metternich, the German Ambassador to this country; and whether, having regard to the views therein expressed, the Government would see its way to renew communications between Great Britain and Germany, directed to attain some agreed limitation of the naval armaments of the two countries?


I have read a report, published in the Press, of a speech made by Count Metternich at the Hotel Cecil on 28th January last. I cordially reciprocate the friendly tone of that speech. It contains no reference to the question of the limitation of armaments. The position of His Majesty's Government in respect to that question was fully explained by the Prime Minister in this House in answer to a question by my hon. Friend on 7th September of last year, and I have nothing to add to the statement then made on that point.


Does the right hon. Gentleman think it worth while to dispose of a rather improbable suggestion in "The World" newspaper that the visit of Prince Henry of Prussia has something to do with this question?