HC Deb 01 April 1936 vol 310 cc1975-6
11. Mr. DALTON

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has given to the representatives of any European States outside the Locarno group ally assurance that, in the event of an aggressive attack upon such States, His Majesty's Government would interpret their obligations under the Covenant of the League of Nations more strictly than they have interpreted them in relation to the Italian-Abyssinian war?


I would remind the hon. Member that I stated in the course of the Debate last Thursday that, beyond the area covered by the Locarno Treaty, the obligations of His Majesty's Government are the obligations of the Covenant, which are shared by all Members of the League. His Majesty's Government remain fully determined to fulfil these obligations in company with their fellow members of the League, and have given no assurances to any State which limit, qualify, or extend them.


Are we then to assume that States outside the Locarno group may expect similar treatment to that which the Ethiopians are receiving at present, and that the British Government will sell oil to the aggressor in this case also?


May we have an assurance that this country will not be driven into war by the Labour party?