§ The Prime Minister
The answer to the first part of the question is in the negative. With regard to the second part, I would remind the right hon. Gentleman that I stated in the House on 23rd February that I could not pledge myself in advance with regard to any discussions which His Majesty's Government may have with the Italian Government on the subject of Abyssinia. To that statement I have nothing to add.
§ Sir Archibald Sinclair
Is not the Prime Minister's Government already pledged not to recognise the acquisition of territory by means contrary to the Covenant of the League?
§ Mr. Noel-Baker
Would not the annexation by ourselves of Abyssinia be a plain violation of the Covenant's guarantee of territorial integrity?
§ Mr. Petherick
Is it not a fact that many countries which are members of the League have already recognised the Italian Empire?