Oral Answers to Questions — Pacific Treaty.

– in the House of Commons on 27th March 1922.

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Mr. L. MALONE:

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asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of paragraph 2 (Pacific Treaty) of the agreement of 13th December, 1921, the Powers signatory to the Treaty would be diplomatically bound to take a favourable view of the Japanese case should a war ensue between Russia and Japan in which Russia sought to recover Saghalien and her outlets on the Pacific Ocean?

Mr. HARMSWORTH:

The Japanese delegation at Washington made a declaration to the effect that it was the settled policy of the Japanese Government to respect the territorial integrity of Russia. The hypothetical case to which the hon. Member refers seems therefore to be so remote that I think it unnecessary to speculate on the policy which would be followed by His Majesty's Government, should it arise.