§ 20. Mr. A. HENDERSON
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the provisions of any agreement which may be concluded at Montreux will entirely supersede the provisions of the Treaty of Lausanne affecting the Dardanelles?
§ Mr. HENDERSON
Are we to understand that Italy will be bound by the new agreement rather than the old agreement?
§ Mr. HENDERSON
My question is whether the new treaty will entirely supersede the old treaty and, as Italy is a party to the old treaty, what will be the effect of the new treaty on her position?
§ 25. Mr. THORNE
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he can give the House any information in connection with the agreement reached by the various Powers in conference relative to the fortification of the Dardanelles?
§ Mr. EDEN
I am happy to say that the delegations of the Powers assembled at Montreux have reached agreement upon the text of a new Straits Convention. It is hoped that this new Convention will be signed this evening, but until it has actually been signed I should prefer to make no further statement. Moreover, as hon. Members will see from the summaries that have appeared in the Press, the provisions of this Convention are highly technical, and it would be difficult to state them adequately in reply to Parliamentary questions. I am accordingly arranging to publish the text of the Convention as a White Paper at the earliest possible date, and when this has been done I hope to take an early opportunity of making a full statement on the subject.
§ Sir P. HARRIS
Can the right hon. Gentleman say who will sign for the Government, and whether the Foreign Office will be represented?