HC Deb 22 October 1935 vol 305 cc7-8

(by Private Notice) asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies, whether any water is being exported from Aden or any other British possession to East Africa for the use of the Italian armed forces now operating in Abyssinia?

The SECRETARY of STATE for the COLONIES (Mr. Malcolm MacDonald)

The British Resident at Aden stated in a telegram of 9th October, that although during the previous six months there had been a considerable export of water from Aden to the Italian Colonies in East Africa, the demand had now practically ceased. There have been no exports of water to the Italian Colonies from other British Colonial Dependencies.


Will my right hon. Friend give an assurance that no further export of water will be permitted?

Major-General Sir ALFRED KNOX

Is it Christian to deny people water?


(by Private Notice) asked the Prime Minister what powers are vested in the Executive to stop importations into this country from Italy, or to apply other sanctions in accordance with the resolutions adopted by the League of Nations?


I am advised that power to take the necessary measures by Order in Council is given by the Treaty of Peace Act, 1919.