HC Deb 18 April 1932 vol 264 cc1231-2
19. Mr. HANNON

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he can make any statement on future action in relation to the Danubian states following upon the meeting of the Council of the League of Nations which took place on the 15th instant; and if the report of the League Financial Committee on this matter will be published?


The report of the League Financial Committee, which has already been published, was considered by the Council on the 12th and 15th of April. As regards the concerted financial measures recommended by the Committee, the Council adopted the following resolution: The Council notes that, in view of the gravity of the present crisis, the Financial Committee recommends certain proposals for the organisation under appropriate conditions of concerted financial action. The Council is informed that the British, French, German and Italian Governments, after an exchange of views during the recent London Conference, agreed that, before they could arrive at any conclusion on these proposals, it would be necessary for them to have the report of the Financial Committee examined by their governmental representatives who would advise them on the action which should be taken so far as they were concerned, and that these Governments request the Council to agree that their representatives should enter into consultation with the Chairman of the Financial Committee and with the Technical Organisations of the League. The Council accordingly authorises the Financial Committee and the Technical Organisations of the League to collaborate with the aforesaid governmental representatives and to give them any assistance required during their investigations. It will, of course, rest with the Council to decide on the action to be taken on the report, and for this purpose it will be placed again on their agenda for the next meeting. I understand that the Governmental Committee is meeting this week.


In thanking my hon. Friend for his comprehensive reply, may I ask when we may expect some results from these further inquiries?


I cannot do that beyond saying that the committee is meeting this week. We shall have to wait the result of their conference.