HC Deb 07 December 1920 vol 135 cc1902-3
45. Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

asked the Prime Minister whether in future the names of the British representatives appointed to attend the meetings of the Assembly of the League of Nations will be submitted to this House for approval?


The British representatives were selected by the Government, but on their appointment their names were communicated to Parliament, and I have no doubt that similar action will be taken in the future.

Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

Does not the right hon. Gentleman think that these representatives would enjoy even greater prestige than they do if Parliament were asked to approve of the appointments? Does he not see that a future Parliament might be more evenly divided and that it might be desirable to have represented the different shades of opinion rather than the transient Government of the day?


No, I do not see any of these things. The Government is supposed to represent the House of Commons, and to carry with it whatever authority the House of Commons possesses.


Is it even now too late to send out the hon. Member for Central Hull (Lieut.-Commander Ken-worthy) as a delegate?

60. Captain TUDOR-REES

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the number of persons in attendance upon the representatives of this country at the meeting of the League of Nations at Geneva; and what is the estimated cost involved?

The CHANCELLOR of the EXCHEQUER (Mr. Chamberlain)

I would refer the hon. and gallant Member to the answer given by the Prime Minister to the hon. Member for Acton on the 25th November, of which I will send him a copy.