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recognized that, in the action which His Majesty's Govern-
ment propose to take they are not concerned solely with the
relations between ourselves and Italy, but that the step we
are taking must be regarded as a step in the policy which
I have described to the House on so many occasions."
MR. STEPHEN: "Will the right hon. Gentleman say
whether he has had any message from the Prime Minister of
New Zealand ? "
THE PRIME MINISTER : " No, Sir, I have not any message
MR. STEPHEN : " Or Canada ? "
MR. MAXTON : " Is there any from Ireland ? "
THE PRIME MINISTER: "I ask the House to approve
this Motion, and in doing so I am satisfied that the House
will be definitely increasing the prospect of peace as a whole.
I say, let us put an end here and now to any idea that it is
our "desire to keep any State at arm's length, and let us
remember that every advance which we may make towards
removing possible causes of friction upon one subject, makes
it easier and more probable that we can deal satisfactorily
with those which remain still unsettled/'