§ 1. Mr. LANSBURY
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he can inform the House as to what nations have representatives permanently stationed at Geneva for work in connection with the League of Nations; whether these representatives also deal with questions connected with the International Labour Office; whether any nations have special Departments connected with their Foreign Offices for work connected with the League of Nations; and what arrange- 2224 ments are now made or contemplated by the present Government to ensure that work connected with the League of Nations receives full attention here?
§ The UNDER-SECRETARY of STATE for FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Mr. Ponsonby)
The following countries have representatives permanently at Geneva. Except in the cases of Austria and Venezuela they deal both with League work and with the International Labour Office:
Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, China, Czechoslovakia, Finland, Hungary, Irish Free State, Japan, Poland and Venezuela.
Brazil recently decided to establish a permanent representative at Geneva. I am not aware whether he will deal with Labour as well as with League questions. I understand that Chile, Italy and Norway have representatives dealing with Labour questions, but not with League work. I am making inquiries covering the third part of the question. As regards the last part, I have nothing to add to the reply given to the hon. Member for Stafford (Mr. Ormsby-Gore) on the 3rd March.
§ Mr. LANSBURY
Have the Government contemplated having a permanent representative at Geneva, and have they considered the advisability of having a representative to speak in this House, as in another place?