Oral Answers to Questions — Anglo-American Agreement.

– in the House of Commons on 18th March 1942.

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Photo of Mr Herbert Williams Mr Herbert Williams , Croydon South

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs on what date he was advised that the Senate of the United States of America had ratified the Anglo-American Agreement of 23rd February, 1942?

Photo of Mr Anthony Eden Mr Anthony Eden , Warwick and Leamington

My hon. Friend appears to be under a misapprehension. The position is as stated in the Reply to the Question which he put to me on 4th March.

Photo of Mr Herbert Williams Mr Herbert Williams , Croydon South

Can the Government of the United States make a valid treaty until it has been ratified by the Senate?

Photo of Mr Anthony Eden Mr Anthony Eden , Warwick and Leamington

This agreement has been come to between the United States Government and ourselves. As stated in the Agreement, it comes into force on signature. In this matter I have to deal with the United States Government.

Photo of Mr Herbert Williams Mr Herbert Williams , Croydon South

Is it not the case that the Government of the United States has no treaty-making power and that the obligation is not binding between citizens of the United States, but between the Governments of the United States and the United Kingdom?

Photo of Mr Anthony Eden Mr Anthony Eden , Warwick and Leamington

I am not prepared to debate the constitution of the United States.