HC Deb 23 April 1936 vol 311 cc305-6
43. Lieut. - Commander FLETCHER

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has any statement to make regarding the progress of negotiations for peace between Italy and Abyssinia?


I would refer the hon. and gallant Member to the answer which my right hon. Friend gave yesterday to a question by my hon. Friend the Member for West Leeds (Mr. V. Adams) to which I have nothing to add.


asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is in a position to make any further statement relative to the charges against the Abyssinian Government of using dum-dum bullets made and supplied by British firms, either directly or indirectly?


My hon. Friend will be aware from the reply which I gave him on 9th April that Italian allegations about the supply by British firms, either directly or indirectly of dum-dum ammunition to the Ethiopian Government for military purposes have been fully investigated and found to be entirely baseless. The details and results of the investigation are set out in a letter addressed by His Majesty's Government to the Secretary-General of the League of Nations on 4th February. This letter has been circulated by the Secretary-General to members of the League, and my right hon. Friend is arranging for a copy to be placed in the Library of the House to-day. The Italian allegation of the use of dum-dum bullets by the Abyssinian forces is being dealt with by the League of Nations in the manner described in the reply given by my right hon. Friend yesterday to questions asked by the hon. Member for East Wolverhampton (Mr. Mander) and the hon. and gallant Member for Nuneaton (Lieut.-Commander Fletcher).