§ 1. Sir PHILIP MAGNUS
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is now in a position to give the House any further information as to the attitude of the Colombian Government in regard to its neutrality and the question of the wireless telegraphy station at Cartagena?
§ The UNDER-SECRETARY of STATE for FOREIGN AFT A IRS (Lord Robert Cecil)
From information -which has reached His. Majesty's Government since the statement by Mr. Roberts on this subject, they gladly recognise that the Colombian Government have at all times been animated by a sincere desire to observe strictly their obligations as a neutral Power; and His Majesty's Government are convinced that the measures taken by the Colombian Government to control the use of wireless telegraphy in Colombia will, if effectively and adequately carried out, be sufficient to prevent the abuse of this means of communication in the interests of our enemies. The Government at Bogota have, moreover, caused a preliminary inspection by a neutral wireless telegraphy operator of the station at Cartagena, in order to ensure the efficient local execution of their instructions; and they have further stated that a competent neutral will be invited to inspect this station and report upon the adequacy of the measures taken, so that no doubt may remain that their instructions have been effectively carried out by the local authorities. His Majesty's Government feel 1931 convinced that, should this report show that further measures are still requisite to attain the desired result, the Colombian Government will be prepared to take action without delay.