Mr Arthur Ponsonby: Will the right hon. Gentleman tell the Home Secretary what he has just told the Committee?
Mr Arthur Ponsonby: 46. asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will explain why the despatch printed on pages 28 and 29 of Command Paper 2895, Russia No. 3 (1927), appears over the signature of J. Ramsay MacDonald, in view of the fact that the original document was signed by a Departmental head in the Foreign Office in the absence of the Secretary of State; and why, if this alteration was to...
Mr Arthur Ponsonby: While thanking the hon. Gentleman for his answer, may I ask whether it would be possible for the correct signature to this document to be printed in a re-issue of this Paper in order that those who are referring to this document in future may see precisely what the circumstances were?
Mr Arthur Ponsonby: 2. asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is now prepared to make a statement to the House of Commons as to discussions between the Minister and the representatives of other European Powers at Geneva relative to the question of Russia?
Mr Arthur Ponsonby: 4. asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether all treaties concluded since 1919 between States members of the League of Nations have been registered with the secretariat of the League under Article 18 of the Covenant; and, if not, which treaties have not been so registered?
Mr Arthur Ponsonby: Is not the absence of any record of these negotiations due to the fact that in those days foreign affairs were all conducted at 10, Downing Street, without the knowledge of the Foreign Office?
Mr Arthur Ponsonby: Will the hon. Baronet state whether the display will include a demonstration of the effects of poison gas?
Mr Arthur Ponsonby: May I ask whether Russia will be in the same position as other nations under the Trade Facilities Act?
Mr Arthur Ponsonby: 1. asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether any principle has been adopted, beyond that of friendly compliment for the conversion of His Majesty's Missions in foreign countries from the status of legations to that of embassies; and whether any further such conversions are in contemplation?
Mr Arthur Ponsonby: 2. asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether there exists any understanding, tacit or explicit, between His Majesty's Government and Italy in pursuance of which His Majesty's Government have assured the Italian Government of the support of Great Britain for its political, economic, or diplomatic claims in various or any international fields?
Mr Arthur Ponsonby: 10. asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs the reasons which have led up to the reorganisation of the Egyptian Army; what is the nature of the new scheme; and whether, before it is brought into operation, it will require the sanction of the Egyptian Parliament as well as that of the King of Egypt?
Mr Arthur Ponsonby: If there is any hon. Member in this House who is justified in being cheerful and congratulating himself to-day it certainly is the hon. and gallant Member for Handsworth (Commander Locker-Lampson). That, I think, accounts for what I might call a little bit of the Albert Hall tone which came into many of his remarks. The hon. and gallant Member's views on this question are well known, for he...
Mr Arthur Ponsonby: I congratulate him on the successful way in which he has managed to drive the Government before him. I am rather afraid that we do not realise here the gravity of the step that has been taken. It is a precipitate step and I cannot help feeling that if there is a man in this House who regrets it, he is the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs. I cannot believe that the right hon. Gentleman...
Mr Arthur Ponsonby: I say that according to the recognised moral code our representatives abroad would be neglectful in their duty if they were not finding out secrets from the archives of those countries.
Mr Arthur Ponsonby: As the right hon. Gentleman challenges me, I say that I have during my career seen a document which was taken from the archives of a foreign country. I have also travelled with a spy and heard what he had to say. He travelled with me because he wanted to get information from me, and he also wanted to get from me the despatches that I carried. The more friendly he became, the more tightly I...
Mr Arthur Ponsonby: I am sorry to hear that. I had hoped that the Foreign Secretary had not lent himself to any such proceeding, because we all admit that he has a most difficult task, and there was some slight prospect of things getting better even in regard to Soviet Russia. They have joined in the Economic Conference recently, and there was a prospect of their joining in the Disarmament Conference in the...
Mr Arthur Ponsonby: The right hon. Gentleman always talks to anybody in this House in any subordinate position in that manner. The right hon. Gentleman accused me of talking nonsense, and he has formed the greater part of his indictment on the conduct of the Bolshevist in China, so that he cannot be of the same opinion in regard to that expression that he is now. I do say once again, as I have said often before,...
Mr Arthur Ponsonby: I am sure the hon. Member does not wish to misrepresent me. I never said that our representatives abroad were carrying on propaganda. I said that in the course of their duties they used the methods I described, and everybody knows it.
Mr Arthur Ponsonby: May I ask the hon. Member if he heard the speech of the right hon. Gentleman the Member for Carnarvon Boroughs (Mr. Lloyd George), who said exactly the same thing?
Mr Arthur Ponsonby: May I ask whether on Thursday we shall be able to have before us any data by which we can compare the working of the Russian Secret Service and our own Secret Service?