HC Deb 30 November 1938 vol 342 c389
9. Mr. A. Henderson

asked the Prime Minister whether negotiations have been opened between His Majesty's Government and the Italian Government with a view to a definite agreement on the boundaries between the Sudan, Kenya, and British Somaliland on the one side and Italian East Africa on the other, and with regard to other questions affecting British and Italian interests, respectively, as provided in the Anglo-Italian Agreement?

Mr. Butler

Negotiations have not yet been opened, but it is expected that they will begin shortly.

Mr. Henderson

Can the Under-Secretary say whether it is intended to invite the Egyptian Government to participate in this conference?

Mr. Butler

As the hon. Gentleman knows, the Egyptian Government are interested in many of these questions, and there will be close collaboration with them.

Major Dower

Is it possible in the meanwhile for my right hon. Friend to make arrangements for the obtaining of water over the border, especially water for cattle—such arrangements as existed before Abyssinia was annexed, and the absence of which is causing trouble?

Mr. Butler

All matters that are causing trouble will, no doubt, form the subject of these negotiations.

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