§ 35. Mr. NOEL BUXTON
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what regions are indicated in paragraph 10 of his reply to the United States Government respecting the multilateral peace treaty in which His Majesty's 28 Government reserves its freedom of action in the event of interference with these regions; and whether this reservation is limited to the contingency of wanton attack upon any of the contemplated regions?
I would refer the right hon. Gentleman to the reply returned on 5th instant to the hon. and gallant Member for Central Hull (Lieut.-Commander Kenworthy), in which my right hon. Friend stated that it would be undesirable to add to the general statement of the position of His Majesty's Government contained in their Note of the 19th of May. I can make no further statement at present.
§ Mr. BUXTON
Does not the new proposal of Mr. Kellogg meet the point completely and enable His Majesty's Government to sign the Pact without reservation?
I may say that in the opinion of His Majesty's Government the new Note of the United States shows a considerable advance, and that it is being most sympathetically considered.
§ Mr. THURTLE
Cannot the right hon. Gentleman say something a little less grudging than "a considerable advance"?