asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether Article 54 of the Treaty of Neuilly, guaranteeing equal rights and protection to Bulgarian minorities, has been ignored in Greek and Serbian Macedonian territory; and why the stipulations of Article 54 have not been placed under the guarantee of the League of Nations, as provided by Article 57?
The Noble Lord has mistaken the object of Article 54 of the Treaty of Neuilly, which is to protect persons of alien race, religion or language resident in Bulgaria. The protection of persons of alien race, religion or language resident in Serbia and Greece is secured by special Treaties with those two countries. The second part of the question does not therefore arise.
asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what arrangements are being made in the Peace Treaty with the Turks to give effect to Article 48 of the Treaty of Neuilly, which guarantees to Bulgaria an access to the Ægean Sea; and whether it is the non-fulfilment of Article 48 that is paralysing Bulgarian trade, thus injuring also the trade of Great Britain?
asked the Prime Minister whether, seeing that a definite pledge was given in the Treaty of Neuilly that Bulgaria should have access to the Ægean Sea, he is aware that Bulgaria has no access to that sea and that in consequence British commerce suffers by the additional freightage it has to pay; and if he will see that this fact is taken into account in any territorial readjustment in the Near East?
I would remind the hon. Member of the reply returned to him on 6th March, and of that given to the hon. and gallant Member for Bury St. Edmunds (Lieut.-Colonel W. Guinness) on 22nd February last, to which there is nothing that I can at present usefully add.