§ 46. Mr. FREEMAN
asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the fact that the problem of unemployment is due to world causes, he will consider the desirability of calling a world conference to consider the matter?
§ 47. Mr. MANDER
asked the Prime Minister if he will state whether the Government are prepared to invite the League of Nations to give close attention and study to the problem of unemployment, with a view to its being treated on a world-wide basis?
§ The PRIME MINISTER
The possibilities of extending world trade and thus relieving unemployment have already engaged, and continue to engage, the attention of the League of Nations and its economic organisation. In particular I would call attention to the elaborate programme for future negotiations which forms the subject of the Protocol signed at Geneva on 24th March last. This Protocol contemplates that negotiations shall be undertaken as soon as possible between the signatory Governments in orderto determine the speediest and most effective means of adjusting economic conditions in their respective countries, of organising more rationally the production and circulation of wealth and of removing as far as possible unjustified hindrances which hamper the development of international trade.I need hardly say that His Majesty's Government will co-operate actively in the endeavour, so far as lies in their power, to bring these negotiations to a successful issue.
§ Mr. A. M. SAMUEL
Has the right hon. Gentleman forgotten the failure of the Protocol of his right hon. colleague?
§ Mr. FREEMAN
Will my right hon. Friend also consider the advisability of asking the International Labour Office to make a statement with regard to unemployment, and any suggestions for its alleviations?
§ Sir K. WOOD
Would the right hon. Gentleman say whether this solution is to be included in the short or long method of dealing with unemployment?