HC Deb 13 July 1932 vol 268 cc1266-7

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he can give any information regarding the meeting called by the League of Nations on the question of the regulation of the export of timber; and what is the attitude adopted by Great Britain and Soviet Russia in this matter?


In accordance with a suggestion made at the Twelfth Assembly, the Economic Committee of the League organised a Committee of Experts, which met at Geneva in April last, to consider the world timber situation. Great Britain and the timber exporting States of Europe, including the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, were represented, and my hon. and gallant Friend will find a record of the proceedings in a League of Nations publication, of which I am sending him a copy. A further conference met in Vienna in June for the purpose of reaching working agreements based on the experts' conclusions. His Majesty's Government did not consider that their interests were such as to warrant representation. I have not yet received an official report of the proceedings.


Is it not possible for us to secure representation on any future committees?


There is no question of our not being entitled to representation. What I said was that the conference of experts at Vienna in June was one in regard to which His Majesty's Government did not think that their interests were such as would warrant representation.