§ 30. Lieut.-Colonel Sir A. LAMBERT WARD
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether any further communication has been received from the Portuguese Government on the subject of the continued discrimination against British shipping?
§ 31. Sir A. LAMBERT WARD
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether, in the event of the Portuguese Government continuing to discriminate against British shipping; he will consider the advisability of denouncing the Anglo-Portuguese commercial treaty of 1914?
As I informed the hon. and gallant Member on the 23rd June, His Majesty's Government have received an assurance from the Portuguese Government that they are considering the whole question of flag discrimination. Consequently, I do not consider that any advantage would be gained by discussing what action His Majesty's Government might have to take in hypothetical circumstances.
§ Sir A. LAMBERT WARD
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the present action of the Portuguese Government is directly contrary to the terms of this treaty, and does he really think that it is any use continuing a treaty when one of the contracting parties refuses to abide by its terms?