HC Deb 14 April 1921 vol 140 c1279
32. Major C. LOWTHER

asked the Prime Minister whether the Government has considered a Note from the Government of the United States of America; whether the Note affirmed that America is not bound by any decision contained in the Treaty of Versailles or adopted by the Supreme Council of the League of Nations; whether he is aware that such an affirmation implies that nothing that has been concluded in Europe since 1918 is in any way binding on America; and, if so, what action he proposes to take?


The Note which deals with the disposal of the Island of Yap and the general question of the oversea territories surrender by Germany has been published in the United States and reproduced in the English Press. It is now under consideration by His Majesty's Government, in consultation with the other Allied Governments, to whom similar Notes have been addressed.

Colonel C. LOWTHER

Does not the refusal of the United States Government to join the League nullify the raison d'être of the League. Is it possible, when 70,000,000 people of the most enlightened community in the world refuse to join this new institution, that it can be successfully carried on?


May I ask the Prime Minister if he will indicate to the House how far the refusal of the United States to remain loyal to the signatories of the Peace of Versailles affects that peace as relating to ourselves?

Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

Is the question going to be re-opened? Will there be another conference?

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