HC Deb 27 February 1929 vol 225 cc1939-40

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, in view of the importance of radium for the health services of the world and in view of the difficulties which health authorities are experiencing in obtaining supplies, whether he can see his way to recommend that the League of Nations institute an inquiry into the conditions of production and sale of this commodity?


As the hon. Member is aware from repeated statements in this House, the whole question of the radium requirements of this country and of the possible sources of supply is at present being considered by a sub-committee of the Committee of Civil Research. His Majesty's Government cannot judge what action vis-a-vis the League of Nations or anyone else is called for until the Report of this subcommittee has been presented and considered. I understand that the Report should be in the hands of the Government in a few weeks' time.

Commander BELLAIRS

Is my right hon. Friend aware that in regard to that question the Minister of Health has already promised that the question of referring it to the League of Nations shall be referred to the Research Committee, as promised last year?