§ 47. Mr. DONNER
asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the fact that His Majesty's Governments in the Dominions were not consulted in regard to the Hoare-Laval proposals, he can give an assurance that in regard to future important decisions on international policy such consultations will take place?
§ 49. Mr. LENNOX-BOYD
asked the Prime Minister whether he will give an assurance that His Majesty's Government will not negotiate any European agreement involving an extension of our military commitments unless His Majesty's Governments in the Dominions are also parties thereto?
§ The PRIME MINISTER
The principles governing the system of consultation with Dominion Governments in relation to treaty negotiations and the conduct of foreign affairs generally are summarised fully in the report of the proceedings of the Imperial Conference of 1930. These principles are well recognised and are in operation.
§ Mr. DONNER
Does the right hon. Gentleman attach significance to the considerations of Imperial unity in this matter?
§ Mr. LENNOX-BOYD
Would it not be a happy result of the breakdown of collective security if His Majesty's Government in the Dominions and the United Kingdom drew more closely together for a policy of foreign affairs and Imperial defence?
§ Mr. MANDER
Will the right hon. Gentleman be good enough to bear in mind that the only policy that will keep the British Empire together is collective security?