HC Deb 09 February 1922 vol 150 cc293-4
34. Colonel WEDGWOOD

asked the Prime Minister whether a Treaty between Belgium and this country is in course of preparation, and will shortly be concluded, by which Great Britain binds herself, beyond the general guarantees given by all members of the League of Nations, to defend Belgian territory; if so, will the Treaty involve any special military obligation; and will all the clauses of any such Treaty be published and the consent of the House be obtained before the Treaty, if any, is concluded?


Discussions are taking place with the Belgian Government in regard to the protection of Belgian territory against unprovoked aggression on the part of Germany. Before any such Treaty becomes binding upon this country, Parliament will be given the opportunity to express its sense of the terms.


Are we undertaking in this Treaty duties in respect of Belgium which are not covered by our duties as members of the League of Nations?


No, I do not think so.