§ 40. Mr. RENNIE SMITH
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether, in view of the signature of the Kellogg Pact, he is in a position to indi- 1693 cate the views of His Majesty's Government towards a recodification of maritime law and the question of the so-called freedom of the seas?
His Majesty's Government have been giving their attention to this subject for some time past, but I am not in a position to make any statement on the subject at p resent.
§ Mr. SMITH
Is the Under-Secretary aware that Senator Borah raised this question for discussion in the form of a resolution last year, and is proposing to have a further discussion of it this year, and as this matter affects us primarily, could he not press it forward and get some initiative from this country?
I am quite aware of what the hon. Member says, and, as I say, we are giving attention to this subject.
§ Captain GARRO-JONES
Will the right hon. Member be prepared to give the House the text of the legal opinion on which the Government relies in taking up its present position?