British Government Considers Submitting Dead Sea Grant to the Hague

The Dead Sea concession again came up in the House of Commons yesterday when Col. Bury, who has consistently opposed the granting of the concession to Engineer Novomejsky and Major Tulloch, presented questions to the Foreign Secretary. Col. Bury asked whether any further communications to the French government have been made with regard to the concession and whether the question of the French claim had been referred to The Hague court.

Arthur Henderson, replying for the government, stated that the French Ambassador had recently made an inquiry as to whether the British government is prepared to submit the question to The Hague. The government is considering the communication, but, pending the completion of the correspondence, it is unable to make any further statement.

Replying to a second question by Col. Bury, Henderson stated that he is not informed as to whether an injunction was served on Novomejsky against working the concession before the matter is decided by the International Court.

The question by Lieutenant-Commander Kenworthy whether, if the ratification of the concession had not been held up, the work would have been in progress long ago, was ruled out as hypothetical.

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