Yap Island.

Oral Answers to Questions — Peace Treaties. – in the House of Commons on 21st April 1921.

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Photo of Mr William Ormsby-Gore Mr William Ormsby-Gore , Stafford

44.

asked the Prime Minister whether information has been received that the diplomatic correspondence between America on the one side and Japan and the other Allies on the other regarding the mandate for the Island of Yap has been published in Washington; and whether he will cause a copy of this correspondence to be placed in the Library of the House in order that both the Japanese and American cases in regard to this mandated island may be examined by Members?

Photo of Sir Harry Brittain Sir Harry Brittain , Acton

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asked the Prime Minister whether he has any information to give the House with regard to negotiations between the United States and Japan upon the subject of Yap?

Photo of Mr David Lloyd George Mr David Lloyd George , Caernarvon District of Boroughs

The correspondence between the United States and Japanese Government was published in yesterday's London Press. The only paper in that correspondence which has been communicated to His Majesty's Government officially is the Japanese note of 26th February.

Photo of Mr William Ormsby-Gore Mr William Ormsby-Gore , Stafford

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the Report appearing in the "Times" newspaper is not complete; and is it not desirable, in view of the enormous importance of the questions raised, that the whole correspondence should be published, in order that the public may be fully informed on all the details?

Sir J. D. REES:

Does membership of the League make it necessary for this nation to be placed in a position of antagonism to either one or both of two great friendly Powers and apart altogether from membership of the League, does the British nation care a rap about the Island of Yap?

Photo of Mr James Lowther Mr James Lowther , Penrith and Cockermouth

The hon. Member will have to give notice of that question.

Photo of Colonel Josiah Wedgwood Colonel Josiah Wedgwood , Newcastle-under-Lyme

Is it not most important that any question of antagonism between ourselves and the United States should be eliminated as soon as possible?

Photo of Mr David Lloyd George Mr David Lloyd George , Caernarvon District of Boroughs

There is no question of antagonism between ourselves and the United States. We have no interests in this matter except the general interests of the peace of the world and of good will between all the nations concerned. These documents have not been communicated to us officially. They were communicated to the Press. When they are communicated to us officially we shall be very pleased to inform the House.

Photo of Lord Robert Cecil Lord Robert Cecil , Hitchin

Could not my right hon. Friend obtain copies from our representative in the United States?

Photo of Colonel Josiah Wedgwood Colonel Josiah Wedgwood , Newcastle-under-Lyme

Can we take it that in this case we support the United States?