4. Mr. VYVYAN ADAMS
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is aware that Marshal Badoglio has threatened the citizens of Addis Ababa with annihilation if the advance of the Italian force is resisted, and that the use of mustard-gas by the aggressor is being maintained with terrible physical consequences; and what further action, if any, is to be taken to protect the Abyssinian people?
5. Mr. ADAMS
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is satisfied that the head -waters of the Blue 1677 Nile are still adequately safeguarded by the assurances given by the Italian Government?
Does the right hon. Gentleman consider that our Imperial interests are safe when Italy has successfully broken the Pact of Paris, the Covenant of the League and the Gas Protocol?
6. Mr. ADAMS
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether, in view of the slowness of the operation of the sanctions already in force and the doubtful efficacy of the oil sanction, he will seek the authority of the Council of the League to deny to Italian shipping access to the Suez Canal?
What has been the meaning in the last six months of our continued naval concentration in the Eastern Mediterranean if it has not this meaning?
§ Sir W. BRASS
Is it not a fact that, if the hon. Member's suggestion were brought about, it would lead to European war?
If Italy gets away with her aggression, is there not a standing encouragement to any future aggressor?
§ 10. Mr. MANDER
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs the political conditions under which the Emperor of Abyssinia will reside in Palestine; whether he will be free to continue to serve his country diplomatically; and whether he can go to Geneva if he so desires?
§ Mr. MANDER
Are we to understand that there are some political limitations imposed upon the Emperor's actions while he is in Palestine at present?
§ Mr. SHINWELL
Are we to take it that no restrictions will be placed on the Emperor's movements, and that he will be afforded the utmost protection by His Majesty's Government?
§ Mr. MANDER
Does not the right hon. Gentleman think in the circumstances it is reasonable for the Emperor to be allowed freedom of transit and action in any League State, at any rate?
Will the right hon. Gentleman consider the question of the diplomatic representation of Ethiopia in the light of the same principles that permitted Belgium, Serbia and Rumania to be diplomatically represented throughout the Great War?
§ 11. Mr. COCKS
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether His Majesty's Government will refuse to sign any treaty or enter into any agreement with the Government of Italy until the question of the illegal Italian attack upon Abyssinia has been settled to the satisfaction of the League of Nations?
26. Miss RATH BONE
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether any Italian military aeroplanes have been permitted to refuel in British territory in Africa?
§ The SECRETARY of STATE for the COLONIES (Mr. J. H. Thomas)
No such aeroplanes have landed in any British Colonial Dependency since the outbreak of hostilities between Italy and Abyssinia.
§ 46. Mr. MANDER
asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the blow to British prestige as a leading member of the League of Nations which would result throughout the world from the success of Italian aggression in Abyssinia, the Government will take the responsibility of proposing to the Council of the League whatever sanctions would be effective in bringing the war to an end forthwith and call upon other nations to play their part effectively?
§ The PRIME MINISTER
As I have already said, future policy with regard to the Italo-Abyssinian dispute will be a matter for joint consideration by the States concerned at the forthcoming meeting of the League Council.
§ Mr. MANDER
In view of the fact that the present half-hearted sanctions have failed, is it not now desirable to seek to impose for the first time really effective sanctions, and so preserve the peace of the world?
Will the right hon. Gentleman kindly indicate who is expected to take the initiative at Geneva, which the British Government have apparently renunciated?