27 DECEMBER 1919, Page 2

On Thursday week in the House of Commons Mr. Lloyd

George reviewed the situation abroad. The Italian Prime Minister had been invited to meet him and M. Clemenceau in Paris in a few days, " but," added Mr. Lloyd George, " it is no use his going there unless he has got full powers to settle." As regards our relations with France, Mr. Lloyd George pointed out that the tripartite Treaty of Defence between Great Britain, France, and America depended upon the consent of America. That consent had not yet been given, but Mr. Lloyd George was careful to say : " We cannot contemplate that the United States will dishonour the signature of its great representative in Paris." For Great Britain alone to undertake that charge would be a very serious obligation. It would be in many respects a new departure, certainly since the days when we had a Continental frontier.