HC Deb 06 June 1930 vol 239 cc2576-7W

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what treaties involving military obligations are in existence between indivdival countries in Europe, so far as is known, and which of these have been registered with the League of Nations?


Article 18 of the Covenant provides that every Treaty or international engagement entered into by any member of the League after the establishment of the League shall be registered with the Secretariat, and shall, as soon as possible, be published by it. In pursuance of this Article, the Secretariat publishes a series of all Treaties registered with it, and the hon. Member will find all the information he requires in that publication. It may be that there are Treaties involving military obligations which have not been registered with the League. If this is the case, the intention of the parties obviously was that the Treaties should be kept secret, and His Majesty's Government, therefore, must necessarily be unaware of their contents. I may add that any unregistered engagements of the nature referred to are, by the terms of Article 18 of the Covenant, invalid.