HC Deb 24 May 1911 vol 26 cc269-70

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether it is to roe understood that the treaties relating to the conversion of merchant vessels into warships and the exemption of merchant vessels in an enemy's port from capture on the outbreak of war, numbered 11 and 10 in the Treaty Series of 1910, are now to be considered as binding on all the signatories?


I would refer the hon. Member to Articles 7 and 6 respectively of the two Conventions. Subject to the conditions laid down in those articles, the two Conventions are binding as between the States who have ratified them. The names of those States are given in the Protocols at the end of the two Treaty Series Papers referred to, and the names of additional States will be found in Treaty Series No. 6, 1911. Since the publication of the last-named Paper, the deposits of the Ratifications of Portugal and Guatemala of both the instruments have been announced.