HC Deb 30 June 1924 vol 175 c907
18. Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the consent of the Irish Free State has been received for the ratification of the Treaty of Lausanne; if not, what is the stated reason for the hesitation of the Free State to consent to ratification; what other reasons there are for failure to ratify by His Majesty's Government in view of the fact that it has been ratified by Italy, Japan, Turkey and Greece; and if he is aware that the delay is having a bad effect on British relations and trade with Turkey?


As regards the first and second parts of the question, correspondence is still proceeding between His Majesty's Government and the Government of the Irish Free State on the matter, which, it is understood, will come before the Irish Free State Parliament early this week. In reply to the third part of the question, there are no other reasons why the Treaty has not yet been submitted to His Majesty for ratification. The answer to the last part of the question is in the affirmative.

Lieut. - Commander KENWORTHY

Can the Prime Minister inform me, as asked in the second part of the question, whether there is a reason that he can give to the House why the Free State in this matter hesitate to consents?


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the Irish Free State has not been able to have its own Treaty, made with this country 2½ years ago, carried out yet?