HC Deb 09 February 1931 vol 248 cc20-1
3. Mr. REMER

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he is aware that in spite of the convention between Great Britain, France and Italy, prohibiting the importation of arms and ammunition into Abyssinia, arms and ammunition are being imported into that country by both France and Italy; and if he will state what action he proposes to take?


The Treaty, signed in Paris on 21st of August, 1930, by representatives of Abyssinia, France, Italy and Great Britain, and published as Command Paper No. 3707, was designed to regulate, not to prohibit, the import of arms into Abyssinia. I am not aware of any importation subsequent to the signature of the Treaty, otherwise than in accordance with its provisions.


Will the right hon. Gentleman make inquiries into the matter, and into the allegations that are being made that the Emperor himself is encouraging importation of arms by both Italy and France?


If the hon. Member has any information to give me, I shall be pleased to follow up the inquiry.


I will see that the right hon. Gentleman gets it.