HC Deb 24 November 1926 vol 200 c426W

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if the Government have come to any decision as to the ratification of the convention upon traffic in arms and munitions of war?


His Majesty's Government consider that it would be inadvisable to ratify unless the other arms-producing States are prepared to ratify simultaneously. They have put forward this suggestion to the Governments of Austria, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the United States, but the replies which have been received indicate that there is no immediate prospect of simultaneous ratification by all these Governments.