HC Deb 13 May 1925 vol 183 cc1822-3

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what instructions the Government have given to their representatives at the International Conference for the Control of Traffic in Arms and Munitions?


I would refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer given on the 6th May to the hon. Member for Brightside (Mr. Ponsonby)

45. Mr. DALTON

asked the Prime Minister whether, seeing that the British representatives at the Arms Traffic Conference in Geneva are drawn exclusively from the fighting Departments, and that the Conference raises important political questions which make the presence of advisers with other than merely technical qualifications desirable, he will consider the desirability of strengthening the British delegation?


I will reply on behalf of my right hon. Friend, who has been unavoidably detained. There is only one British representative, my Noble Friend the Under-Secretary of State for War, who represents His Majesty's Government, and holds his instructions from them. He is assisted by experts of all branches, including members of the political and legal establishments of the Foreign Office. I see no necessity for the adoption of the hon. Member's suggestion