HC Deb 19 November 1919 vol 121 cc889-90
10. Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether Admiral Viscount Jellicoe's recent proposals to the Australian Government for the naval defence of the Pacific have received the endorsement of their lordships; if not, whether their lordships are consulted before its publication; and whether it is the intention of their lordships to reconsider this matter in relation to the covenant of the League of Nations?


As I informed my hon. and gallant Friend the Member for Battersea last Wednesday, Lord Jellicoe's Report is addressed to the Commonwealth Government and not to the Admiralty. It is an independent Report by a high naval authority which does not commit the Admiralty as such. The publication of any part of it, and the action taken on it, are matters primarily for the Commonwealth Government—though they will doubtless consult the Admiralty in due course. In any advice they give, the Admiralty will have regard to the covenant of the League of Nations, as well as any other relevant considerations.