HC Deb 06 March 1922 vol 151 cc834-5
28. Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

asked the Prime Minister whether he can now state the names of the British delegates to the forthcoming International Conference at Genoa; and whether, in view of the postponement of the date of its assembly, an opportunity can be given to the House to discuss the proposed policy of the British Government at Genoa after explanation by himself?


asked the Prime Minister if he is yet in a position to give the names of the British representatives to the Genoa Conference?


The answer to the first part of the question is in the negative. As regards the latter part, I have nothing to add to the reply given by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister to the hon. and gallant Member for Leith on the 23rd February.

Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

Was not the reply referred to that, owing to the early assembly of the Genoa Conference, there would not be an opportunity for this House to discuss the Agenda, and is not the real reason that a discussion is not wished for and we are going to have more secret diplomacy?


The answer was that in the present state of public business I could not undertake to provide a special opportunity. Perhaps the postponement of the Conference will afford the House an opportunity for discussion during ordinary time.

45. Lieut.-Colonel Sir F. HALL

asked the Prime Minister what are the principal matters to be discussed at the Genoa Conference; whether the policy to be supported by the British representatives will be submitted to Parliament for confirmation beforehand; and whether the revision of the Versailles Treaty will be considered at the Conference?


I would refer my hon. and gallant Friend to the preliminary outline of the Agenda and Programme of the Genoa Conference which was published in the Press on the 27th January. The questions that will arise under the several headings are being considered by experts in this and other countries and consultations have been arranged in London. As regards the second part of the question, an opportunity for discussion will arise, if desired, on the Second or Third Reading of the Consolidated Fund Bill. The answer to the last part of the question is in the negative.