Imperial Conferences.

Oral Answers to Questions — Peace Treaties. – in the House of Commons on 2nd August 1922.

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Captain TERRELL:

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asked the Prime Minister whether he will issue a return showing all the pledges given by Members of the Government on the occasion of the Imperial War Conference in 1917 and at subsequent Imperial Conferences, indicating those that were given with the express sanction of the Cabinet, those that were subsequently endorsed by the Cabinet, those that have been fulfilled, and those that remain to be fulfilled by legislative and administrative action, respectively.

Mr. CHAMBERLAIN:

The published resolutions of the Conferences in 1917, 1918 and 1921 will be found in Command Papers 8b66, 9177 and 1474, respectively, to which I would refer my hon. and gallant Friend. I do not think that it would serve any useful purpose to deal in detail with the other points referred to in the question, but much information may be obtained from the OFFICIAL REPORTS of the Debates and of the legislation passed both here and in the Dominions and India since the Conferences were held.

Captain TERRELL:

In view of the high prices to-day of Government publications, will the right hon. Gentleman consider the desirability of publishing the pledges in a cheaper form as a White Paper so that they will be more readily accessible to the public?

Mr. CHAMBERLAIN:

The fact that the cost of printing is high is not a good reason for duplicating documents which are already in existence.

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If the right hon. Gentleman would confine the publication to the pledges which have been carried out, the expense will not be very great.