HC Deb 26 April 1926 vol 194 cc1652-3
50. Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

asked the Prime Minister whether, seeing that prior to the 1925 Assembly of the League of Nations the British Government made a practice of appointing as delegates to the Assembly representatives of parties other than the one in office, he is prepared to follow that practice for the next Assembly; and, if so, when does he hope to, be in a position to announce the names of those who will compose the British Delegation.

The UNDER-SECRETARY of STATE for FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Mr. Godfrey Locker-Lampson)

His Majesty's Government do not propose to nominate delegates to the September Assembly until the time approaches when their services will be required. If the hon. and gallant Member will repeat his question in August my right hon. Friend will endeavour to answer it. The hon. and gallant Member is mistaken as to the general practice prior to 1925. The only instance of a principal delegate being drawn from a party other than the one in office is that of Mr. Barnes in 1920 during the Coalition Government. I do not think that Mr. Barnes could be ranked as a member of the Opposition at that time.

Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

I beg to give notice that I shall raise this question on 3rd August.