HC Deb 18 March 1925 vol 181 cc2241-2

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will give the names of the Powers that have expressed their adherence to the Geneva Protocol?


According to the latest information in my possession, the following countries have signed the Protocol:

Albania. Greece.
Belgium. Latvia.
Brazil. Paraguay.
Bulgaria. Poland.
Czechslovakia. Portugal.
Chile. Serb-Croat-
Esthonia. Slovene State.
Finland. Spain.
France. Uruguay.
I do not think that any have yet actually ratified.

3. Mr. RILEY (for Mr. BECKETT)

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he is aware of the unanimous decision of the French Government to support the Protocol and to consider reasonable amendments thereto; if this decision will cause the British Government to reconsider their attitude; and if he is prepared to initiate conversations with the French Government with a view to finding a basis for joint support of the Protocol at Geneva?


His Majesty's Government were aware of the views of the French Government before they defined their own attitude. As regards the last part of the question, the objections of His Majesty's Government to the Protocol are so fundamental that the Protocol does not seem to us to afford the best basis for further negotiations. The course which appears to His Majesty's Government to bo more likely to promote the object of security at which the Protocol aims was indicated in the declaration which I read at Geneva on behalf of His Majesty's Government.


asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has any information to give the House with regard to his recent visit to Geneva?


I understand that there is to be a discussion on Tuesday next. A printed report on the Council meeting will be presented to the House as usual.