§ 48. Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY
asked the Prime Minister the terms of reference for the Hague Conference; and whether the existing treaties of peace, disarmament, and reparation payments will be debarred from the discussions as in the case of the recent conference at Genoa?
The terms of reference of the Hague Conference are printed as No. 8 of Command Paper No. 1,667, and are limited to the subjects mentioned therein.
§ Lieut. - Commander KENWORTHY
Are we to understand that the question of reparations is to be barred at the Hague as at Genoa? If so, the thing will be a farce.
Mr. L. MALONE
Will the Government consider the desirability of appointing a proper secretariat for this conference?
There could be no more unfounded charge than that which is implied in the hon. Member's question I do not suppose the secretarial work of any conference has ever been done better than at recent conferences, whether at Washington or Genoa.
Does the right hon Gentleman know that I did not cast any aspersion on the British secretariat? I meant a proper international secretariat.
There always is an international secretariat, and the cooperation, and may I say the friendship, between them has been of the most cordial kind.