HC Deb 20 January 1931 vol 247 cc22-3
39. Mr. MANDER

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether any consideration has recently been given by the Council of the League of Nations to the question of appointing a special chairman to act in an emregncy in the event of a sudden crisis arising; and whether he intends to raise the matter?


The member who presides over an ordinary session of the Council continues to act as President until the opening of the next session. It is, therefore, his duty, under the present procedure, to take any action which may be required, such as convoking a special session, in the event of an emergency arising. This procedure has hitherto worked well, and it is not proposed to modify it. A special session may, of course, be demanded by any State member of the League, whether represented on the Council or not.


Has the question of having a, special chairman for emergency occasions not been discussed at all?


No, Sir; so far as I am aware it has not been discussed; by general consent the present procedure works satisfactorily.

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