HC Deb 06 November 1929 vol 231 cc1037-8
37. Captain P. MACDONALD

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether a White Paper will be published setting out the new undertaking given by His Majesty's Government to the Government of Iraq regarding the application of the latter for admission as a State member of the League of Nations; and whether any new financial or military agreements are being negotiated with the Iraq Government or whether the existing treaty and subsidiary (agreements are to be held binding until the entry of Iraq into the League?


Yes, Sir. A White Paper will be laid as soon as possible. With reference to the second part of the question, it is proposed to proceed on the basis of the existing instruments pending the entry into force of a new treaty between this country and Iraq upon the admission of Iraq to the League of Nations.

Captain EDEN

Do I understand that it will not come into force until the admission of Iraq to the League of Nations has taken place?


Are we to understand from the last part of the answer that no new treaty is to be negotiated now, but that when Iraq enters the League, then a new treaty will be negotiated?


I am not quite sure whether that is the position or not, but, if the right hon. Gentleman will put a question down, I will give him an answer.