asked the Prime Minister whether the subjects which were originally arranged to be discussed at Genoa were in any way circumscribed or limited by subsequent agreements made recently with M. Poincaré; and whether any question of the revision of the financial Clauses of the Versailles Treaty or the curtailment of the land forces of the nations represented at the Conference are ruled out from discussion or resolution at the Genoa Conference?
asked the Prime Minister whether he intends to explain the policy to be put forward at Genoa on behalf of His Majesty's Government by the British representatives when he asks for the confidence of this House on 3rd April next; and whether an opportunity will be given to debate that policy before a vote is taken?
Can the right hon. Gentleman now state whether the Vote on 3rd April will be on that policy, or will be simply one of confidence in the Government's being able to carry it out?
While agreeing with that, might I suggest that it would be rather hard lines to ask the faithful Commons to debate a matter about which they only hear at the moment before they are called upon to debate it? In a matter of this importance, might we not have some outline of the proposals a little in advance of the Debate?
The object of the Debate is to give the opportunity of hearing the policy of the Government and expressing an opinion upon it. I do not notice that my hon. Friend, or hon. Members generally, ever consider that notice is required before Ministers are expected to give replies upon the most abstruse questions.