HC Deb 16 February 1927 vol 202 c899
1. Viscount SANDON

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the Minister accredited to the Government of Nicaragua has been in Managua during the recent crisis; whether he is there now; whether it is the Government policy that a Minister accredited to more than one Government should, when possible, visit that country which is involved in a crisis during its continuance; and whether the Government of the United States gave a guarantee to provide, if necessary, naval or military defence for British interests?

The SECRETARY of STATE for FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Sir Austen Chamberlain)

The answer to the first two parts of the question is in the negative. His Majesty's Minister is, of course, in touch with His Majesty's Chargé d'Affairs at Managua, and would no doubt proceed to Managua if circumstances, in their joint opinion, made it advisable. In regard to the third part of the question, it is difficult to lay down any definite rule, and His Majesty's Government must be free to he guided by the particular circumstances of each case as it arises. As regards the last part of the question, the United States Government have promised to extend to British subjects the same measures of protection that they may afford to United States citizens.