HC Deb 14 June 1928 vol 218 cc1182-3
81. Colonel WEDGWOOD

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs which of the Dominion Governments have now replied on the Kellogg note; which have accepted the American terms and which have inserted the reservations that respect for the obligations arising out of the covenant of the League of Nations and the Locarno Treaties is fundamental; and does the attitude of the Dominions, as now expressed, modify the attitude His Majesty's Government has taken up towards the Kellogg note?


The replies of His Majesty's Governments in New Zealand, Canada, the Commonwealth of Australia, and the Irish Free State, as well as the reply of the Government of India have been published in the Press on the 1st, 2nd, 5th, 6th, and 13th of June, respectively. Nothing in the attitude of the Dominions as expressed in these notes has caused His Majesty's Government in Great Britain to alter its attitude of cordial co-operation with the United States Government in promoting the attainment of the object in view.


If the attitude of the Dominions towards the Kellogg proposal is one which is not qualified by reservations, will not that attitude of our Dominions influence His Majesty's Government?


These replies have been published in the Press, and I do not think it is the duty of the Foreign Office to interpret them, as they speak for themselves.


Is it not the fact that the splendid gesture on the part of Mr. Kellogg will not be the opinion of the American Government until it is endorsed by the American Senate?

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