INTERNATIONAL: Career of a Treaty

It is the King-Emperor, not the British Parliament, who ratifies treaties. Last week the House of Commons and later the House of Lords debated not the London Naval Treaty but a bill entitled: The London Naval Treaty Bill 1930. Such a bill is called an "enabling act," enables His Majesty's Government to enforce upon Britons —a treaty signed by George V.* It is considered especially nice—a sort of beau geste toward His Majesty—if the enabling act passes its second and third (final) readings not by formal votes...

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