HC Deb 14 February 1933 vol 274 cc966-7

Motion made, and Question proposed, "That this be the Schedule to the Bill.'


On the Schedule, I have an Amendment down.


The hon. Member's Amendment is not in order.


But I can speak on the Schedule. There are several questions that I wish to ask. The first question arises on line 16 and I want to know precisely what the words mean. The words are: The above Governments, including the Austrian Government, declare that such assistance is given on the basis of Protocol Number 1 signed at Geneva on the 14th October, 1922.


Will the hon. Member allow me to interrupt him for a moment? I dealt at some length with that Clause in the Protocol. It is the political clause, and I thought that I had explained it fully.


I admit that the hon. Member did deal at some length with some part of it but I have a question to put, and I intend to put the question until I can get an answer. I am not in a position at the present time to raise the details, although I should have liked to do so. It is wrong that we do not know clearly how the position stands. The Chancellor of the Exchequer was clear on one point earlier. But there is a point which has never been cleared up, and that is whether the Protocol of 22nd October does lengthen the time or not. I think that it does. I have had conversations with people who may be likely to know about these things, and I want to know whether the original Protocol—

It being Eleven of the Clock, the CHAIRMAN left the Chair to make his Report to the House.

Committee report Progress; to sit again To-morrow.