§ 11. Sir MALCOLM MACNAGHTEN
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the arrangements made between His Majesty's Government and the Government of the United States of America with regard to certain pecuniary claims arising out of the War apply to British nationals resident in Northern Ireland; and, if those arrangements do so apply, why His Majesty's Government is described in the Note of Sir Esmé Howard, dated 19th May, 1927, which sets forth those arrangements, as His Majesty's Government in Great Britain, instead of His Majesty's Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, or as the Government of the United Kingdom?
The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. The description in the Note is that now generally adopted as a convenient method of indicating the geographical seat of this Government.
Sir M. MA,CNAGHTEN
If that is the geographical description of the area over which the Government rules, why is Northern Ireland not included?
I can assure the hon. and learned Member that there is no intention to exclude that part of Ireland in which he is specially interested. If we had included Northern Ireland, and it had to be on a political basis, we should have to include other portions of the Empire which are not specially represented in the League of Nations.
§ Sir M. MACNAGHTEN
Why is there this hesitation about using the convenient and ancient expression of the United Kingdom?