HC Deb 25 May 1938 vol 336 cc1187-8
18. Mr. Mander asked

the Prime Minister with reference to the oral agreement between the British and Italian Governments with regard to Palestine, whether the condition that the variation or termination of the Mandate must take place by constitutional means refers to the procedure of the League of Nations or contemplates any other machinery?

Mr. Butler

The Italian Government's acceptance of the view that the Mediterranean Agreement does not preclude the termination or variation of the Mandate, on condition that the termination or variation takes place by constitutional means, does not imply that any particular procedure was agreed upon or discussed. The effect of Article 22 of the Covenant of the League of Nations and Article 27 of the Mandate for Palestine is to preclude the termination or modification of the Mandate without the previous consent of the Council of the League. His Majesty's Government intend to consult the League with regard to any proposals which may be adopted for the termination or modification of the existing Mandate.

Mr. Mander

Is it suggested that there is any other possible constitutional machinery outside the League of Nations itself that might be involved?

Mr. Butler

No, Sir, and that is why I gave the answer that I did give.

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