HC Deb 23 June 1937 vol 325 c1167
1. Mr. Arthur Henderson

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether His Majesty's Government intend to draw the attention of the signatories to the Convention of St. Germain, 1919, to the breach thereof committed by the Italian Government in expelling British missionaries from Abyssinia?

The Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (Mr. Eden)

I am advised that it is doubtful whether the relevant article of the treaty could be used in this particular case, owing to the fact that His Majesty's Government have not recognised de jure the conquest of Abyssinia by Italy.

Mr. Henderson

Apart altogether from the question of de jure recognition of the Italian occupation of Abyssinia, is it not a fact that the Italian Government has bound itself in this treaty not to interfere with missionaries?

Mr. Eden

The point is that it cannot be applied in this case because there has been no de jure recognition.