HC Deb 07 April 1930 vol 237 cc1768-9
45. Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

asked the Prime Minister why it was agreed with one of the other Governments participating in the Naval Conference that the question of the right of visit and search and capture of private shipping and merchandise at sea should not be discussed at the Conference?

The PRIME MINISTER (Mr. Ramsay MacDonald)

I think my hon. and gallant Friend will agree that, as foreseen, the subject matter already under discussion has proved sufficient for the duration of the Conference, and, further, that the Conference was not the place to settle it.

Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

Is my right hon. Friend aware that he has not quite answered my question? I asked why it was decided not to allow this matter to be raised?


Arising out of the Prime Minister's reply, may I ask whether, in his opinion, the exclusion of this important matter has contributed to the success of the Conference?


Undoubtedly, yes.

Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

My right hon. Friend has not answered my question.