HC Deb 14 April 1937 vol 322 cc980-1
3. Lieut.-Commander Fletcher

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he can now make a statement concerning the recent Anglo-Franco-Belgian conversations; and whether Belgium is now released from all military obligations to this country other than those to which she is committed by the Covenant of the League of Nations?

Mr. Eden

As my Noble Friend stated on Monday last, I hope to be in a position to make a statement shortly.

7. Mr. Leach

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether, in view of the German renunciation of the Locarno Treaty and the approaching releasement of Belgium from her obligations under the treaty, His Majesty's Government still regard themselves as bound by the terms of that treaty?

Mr. Eden

Yes, Sir. His Majesty's Government are still bound by the first paragraph of Section III of the Text of Proposals of 19th March, 1936, by which they declared, as regards their obligations to France and Belgium, that nothing that had happened before or since the breach of the Treaty of Locarno could be considered as having freed the signatories of that treaty from any of their obligations or guarantees and that the latter subsisted in their entirety.

Mr. Leach

In view of the fact that two signatories to the treaty have now cleared out and that the third, Italy, is notoriously unreliable, is it not time for us to clear out also?

Mr. Eden

Certainly not. We consider that the treaty has advantages to His Majesty's Government.

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