HC Deb 22 March 1923 vol 161 cc2748-9
55. Mr. MOREL

asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the fact that the independence of Montenegro has been recognised by Treaties to which the Government of this country was a signatory party, that the independence of Montenegro has not been extinguished by any legal instrument to which this country has subscribed, and that the people of Montenegro have never ceased protesting against the usurpation of their sovereign rights by the Government of Serbia, and are to-day struggling in arms to maintain their rights, His Majesty's Government will bring the matter before the Council of the League of Nations in order that inquiry may be made?


The entry of Montenegro into the Jugo-Slav Union is a national and not an international question. His Majesty's Government are unable to interfere on behalf of a dissentient minority as against the freely expressed wishes of the majority in a foreign State. The answer to the last part of the question is in the negative.


In view of the unsatisfactory character of than reply, I beg to give notice that I will raise the matter on the Motion for the Easter Adjournment.


Seeing that this country was one of our Allies and has been dismembered, not because of the action of its enemies, but by the action of its own Allies, will the right hon. Gentleman place all the papers relating to the dismemberment of Montenegro and its inclusion in Serbia, on the Table of the House?


Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether the British Government gave a pledge at any time to Montenegro?


I must have notice of that question.