The Secretary of State to the British Ambassador (Geddes)

My Dear Mr. Ambassador: In your note of the 28th ultimo referring to the Resolution of March 4, 1923, by which the Senate gave its advice and consent to the ratification of the convention for the protection of the halibut fishery of the North Pacific Ocean, you inquired in regard to the meaning that it is intended the words “any other part of Great Britain” shall have as they are used in the Resolution. I note your inquiry whether in the mind of the framers of the Resolution “Great Britain” is intended to be synonymous with the term “British Empire.”

Senator Lodge, Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Relations of the Senate, informs me that he has conferred with Senator Jones of the State of Washington, who introduced the Resolution in the Senate and that the intention was undoubtedly to cover any part of the British Empire.

I trust that this information will be of assistance.

I am [etc]

Charles E. Hughes