HC Deb 07 December 1938 vol 342 cc1147-8
11 Mr. Bellenger

asked the Prime Minister, under which treaty or diplomatic undertaking between Great Britain and Portugal His Majesty's armed forces may be used in defence of Portuguese interests?

Mr. Butler

The obligations to which the hon. Member refers are contained in certain clauses of the Treaties of 1373, 1386, 1642, 1654, 1660, 1661, and 1703, which were confirmed in 1815 and 1899.

Mr. Mander

Does that apply to the Portuguese Colonies as well as to the mainland?

Mr. Butler

Yes, Sir.

Mr. Shinwell

Will the hon. Gentleman say why this House of Commons should be committed to such ancient Treaties?