Principle of Nationality.

Oral Answers to Questions — Peace Treaties. – in the House of Commons on 1st March 1922.

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asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the rejection of the principle of nationality at the Congress of Vienna in 1815, the concept thereof, as applicable to Eastern and Western European countries and those of Asia and America, was examined by any and what Department under His Majesty's Government prior to its adoption in the Treaties of Peace with the Central Powers engaged in the late War; and whether he will lay upon the Table of this House any Report prepared or presented thereon for the information of the Foreign Office?

Mr. HARMSWORTH:

The question how far the principle of nationality was applicable to the different problems which would be presented to the Peace Conference and the methods by which it could be applied were, of course, the subject of the most careful consideration in the Foreign Office. In answer to the second part of the question, it does not seem desirable to publish any of the numerous reports and memoranda which were prepared.