British Claims.

Oral Answers to Questions — Mexico. – in the House of Commons on 15th March 1922.

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Photo of Major Hon. Christopher Lowther Major Hon. Christopher Lowther , Cumberland Northern

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asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is aware that all claims for losses suffered by individuals since 1910 in Mexico were by a decree of that Government to be lodged by 31st January last; that all foreign claims were to be examined by mixed commissions; that, in view of the fact that the Mexican Govern—ment has agreed to the conditions stipulated in this respect by the Foreign Office, there is no reason why British claims should not be at once examined; and why there has been no appointment of British commissioners?

Photo of Mr Philip Lloyd-Greame Mr Philip Lloyd-Greame , Hendon

Negotiations have been in progress with the Mexican representative in London for the conclusion of an agreement for the submission to an arbitral tribunal of all British claims against the Government of Mexico, and I hope shortly to communicate to the Mexican representative a draft of the agreement containing certain modifications of the original proposal of the Mexican Government.

Photo of Major Hon. Christopher Lowther Major Hon. Christopher Lowther , Cumberland Northern

In view of the fact that the Mexican Government agreed to all the stipulations made by His Majesty's Government so long ago as last October, why has there been this enormous delay?

Photo of Mr Philip Lloyd-Greame Mr Philip Lloyd-Greame , Hendon

I should like notice of any specific point. The whole of the delay has been caused in order to arrive at agreement.

Photo of Major Hon. Christopher Lowther Major Hon. Christopher Lowther , Cumberland Northern

I beg to give notice that I shall raise this question on the Adjournment to-morrow night.