Pacific Treaty (Sir a. Geddes' Speech).

Oral Answers to Questions — Ireland. – in the House of Commons on 22nd March 1922.

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asked the Prime Minister whether his attention has been called to a speech delivered by His Majesty's Ambassador in America in California, which has given rise to a charge of interference in American politics in order to assist the passing of the Pacific Four-Power Treaty; and whether he will make it clear that His Majesty's Government have no desire whatever to influence the American Government or people in a matter which, now that the Anglo-Japanese Treaty is at an end, does not greatly concern this country?

Mr. CHAMBERLAIN (Leader of the House):

I have noticed in the Press a reference to a speech alleged to have been made by the Ambassador, but I have also seen a statement that Sir Auckland Geddes has categorically denied that he used the words attributed to him. I should have thought that no statement of mine was necessary to make it clear to the United States Government that His Majesty's Government have no desire to interfere in the internal politics of the United States of America.