HC Deb 01 March 1915 vol 70 cc573-4
46. Mr. R. GWYNNE

asked the Prime Minister whether he is in a position to make a statement on the question of the reprisals to be undertaken by His Majesty's Government in consequence of the measures taken by the Germans against merchant shipping?


asked the Prime Minister (1) whether, in view of the fact that the German Government have now declared a war of piracy, he will consider the advisability of His Majesty's Government giving orders to treat as pirates all caught in the act of sinking undefended vessels without any attempt to rescue life and publicly hang them, according to the universal practice; (2) whether he is now in a position to make any announcement as to the modification of the Declaration of London, in view of the recent German declaration that the German Government intend to disregard the laws, customs, and international obligations connected with the sea; and (3) whether he can now make a statement relative to a Joint Note from the Allies being presented to Germany stating that they intend to take action against the German piratical policy of attacking and destroying British, allied, and neutral unarmed merchant vessels without warning and without any attempt to save the lives of the civilians and innocent crews?

53. Mr. HUNT

asked the Prime Minister when stronger measures will be taken against goods in neutral ships intended for Germany; and can he give an assurance that no bargain will be made with Germany in order to prevent American ships from being torpedoed by accident or otherwise?


In answer to these questions, I must refer to the statement I am about to make this afternoon.


May I ask if the right hon. Gentleman will give a specific answer to question No. 53?


I am going to make a statement later on.


Will it be a specific statement?


The hon. Gentleman must wait and see what is in the statement.