Italy and Abyssinia.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce. – in the House of Commons on 15th July 1935.

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Photo of Mr David Mason Mr David Mason , Edinburgh East

7.

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he can inform the House as to the prospects of the Council of the League of Nations being called together at an early date to discuss the Italo-Abyssinian dispute?

Photo of Miss Eleanor Rathbone Miss Eleanor Rathbone , Combined English Universities

10.

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether it is proposed, as requested by Abyssinia, to call an early meeting of the Council of the League to deal with the Italo-Abyssinian dispute, and at what date?

Photo of Mr Samuel Hoare Mr Samuel Hoare , Chelsea

At its meeting held on the 25th May, the Council decided to meet if, in default of agreement between the arbitrators for the settlement of the dispute, an understanding should not have been reached by 25th July between these arbitrators as to the selection of the fifth arbitrator, unless the four arbitrators agreed to the extension of this period; the Council also decided to meet to examine the situation if on 25th August the settlement by means of conciliation and arbitration should not have taken place. In view of the above circumstances an early meeting of the Council appears inevitable.

Photo of Miss Eleanor Rathbone Miss Eleanor Rathbone , Combined English Universities

11.

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what reply has been given to the Abyssinian note remonstrating at the withholding of export licences for munitions ordered by Abyssinia; whether, in fact, such licences are being withheld; and whether it is proposed to continue to withhold them, and on what grounds?

Photo of Mr Samuel Hoare Mr Samuel Hoare , Chelsea

The matter is at present under consideration but I hope shortly to be in a position to make an announcement on the subject.

Photo of Miss Eleanor Rathbone Miss Eleanor Rathbone , Combined English Universities

In the event of the League being unable to secure for Abyssinia a settlement of her dispute by peaceful measures, may not her delay in obtaining arms fatally injure her prospects of effectively defending herself?

Photo of Mr Samuel Hoare Mr Samuel Hoare , Chelsea

I should prefer not to deal with a hypothetical question. In any case, I have nothing to add at present to the statement that I have just made.

Photo of Mr Frederick Macquisten Mr Frederick Macquisten , Argyll

Does my right hon. Friend know of any other Power that is permitting the export of arms?

Photo of Major Murdoch Wood Major Murdoch Wood , Banffshire

12.

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what representations he has received from the Egyptian Government as to possible prejudice to their interests which might follow from recent and future developments in Abyssinia?

Photo of Mr Samuel Hoare Mr Samuel Hoare , Chelsea

No representations of the kind referred to by the bon. Member have been received from the Egyptian Government.

Photo of Major Murdoch Wood Major Murdoch Wood , Banffshire

May we take it that the Egyptian Government do not consider that their interests are likely to be prejudiced by a war and a transfer of sovereignty in Abyssinia?

Photo of Mr Samuel Hoare Mr Samuel Hoare , Chelsea

I cannot answer as to the views of the Egyptian Government as they have not expressed them to me.

Photo of Mr Charles Waterhouse Mr Charles Waterhouse , Leicester South

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asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, during the last three months, any certificate for the export of arms to Abyssinia has been refused; and, if so, on what grounds?

Photo of Mr John Colville Mr John Colville , Midlothian and Peeblesshire Northern

No licences for the export of arms to Abyssinia have been refused during the last three months.

Photo of Mr Charles Waterhouse Mr Charles Waterhouse , Leicester South

Am I to understand that all have been granted that have been applied for?

Photo of Mr John Colville Mr John Colville , Midlothian and Peeblesshire Northern

Two have been received, and these are under consideration and have not yet been granted.

Photo of Mr Charles Waterhouse Mr Charles Waterhouse , Leicester South

Does not the delay in these cases cause a differentiation against Abyssinia?

Photo of Mr John Colville Mr John Colville , Midlothian and Peeblesshire Northern

On a technical point both the applications were out of order.