HC Deb 01 April 1930 vol 237 cc1072-3
46. Colonel WEDGWOOD

asked the Prime Minister whether he can assure the House that His Majesty's Government will not enter into any increase of liabilities or sanctions in the Mediterranean except in so far as any such liabilities or sanctions are shared by the American Government?

47. Commander BELLAIRS

asked the Prime Minister in view of the general undertaking of nations under the Kellogg Pact, whether the Government will give an assurance that they will not enter into any liabilities in the Mediterranean based on a breach of this undertaking?


asked the Prime Minister whether the Government has any intention of entering into a Mediterranean pact; and if he is now in a position to make any statement?

The PRIME MINISTER (Mr. Ramsay MacDonald)

His Majesty's Government have no intention of entering into any commitments which go beyond the obligations resulting from the Covenant of the League of Nations and the Treaty of Locarno. I might perhaps take this opportunity of saying that the French Government do not ask, and have never asked, that His Majesty's Government should add to the burdens which already devolve upon them as the result of those instruments.


Are we to understand that the right hon. Gentleman will bear this answer in mind when the question of the re-casting of the Articles of the Covenant come forward?


Personally, I am not concerned with the re-casting of the Articles of the Covenant.


Does the right hon. Gentleman's answer imply that there is no difference between the French and the English on this matter of the Mediterranean Pact?


I do not know what the hon. Member has in mind, but I adhere to my answer.


Is it in order, Mr. Speaker, for Liberals to badger the Prime Minister while the Naval Conference is sitting?