§ 40. Mr. RENNIE SMITH
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the British Government is prepared to support the Riffis in their appeal to the League of Nations to settle their dispute with Spain; and, if not, on what grounds?
Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the British Government is prepared to support the Riffis in their appeal to the League of Nations to settle their dispute with Spain; and, if not, on what grounds?
So far as I am aware no such appeal has been made. In any case this is not a matter in which the League would have jurisdiction.
Is it a fact that medical supplies are being withheld from the Riffis that have been offered by Red Crescent Societies?
As far as His Majesty's Government are concerned, I defined their attitude in an answer to a question put to me in this House, I think about a fortnight ago. Perhaps the hon. and gallant Gentleman will be good enough to refer to it; I will try and get him the reference.
I was asking the right hon. Gentleman if the attitude of the British Government is to support the withholding of medical supplies if offered by Red Crescent Societies?
I was inviting the hon. and gallant Gentleman, if he would be good enough to do so, to read the answer I gave to a similar question, and I offered, in order to facilitate his researches, to find the reference for him.
§ Mr. LEES SMITH
What is the reason for stating that the League of Nations will have no jurisdiction on this question?
I would sooner not make a statement on a matter of that kind without notice, but broadly speaking, it is because it is not one of the cases which, under the Covenant, can properly come before the League of Nations. It is a domestic question, and not an international one.
No, Sir; domestic questions are not proper ones for consideration or interference by the League.