HC Deb 09 May 1934 vol 289 cc1069-70
3. Sir C. CAYZER

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether it is proposed to publish as a White Paper the report of the committee of three appointed by the League of Nations to inquire into measures for the regulation of the Saar plebiscite next year, and when this report will be published?


I have not yet received the report to which my hon. Friend refers. I would remind him, moreover, that the report is addressed to the Council of the League, and that it is with that body, and not with His Majesty's Government that any decision as regards its publication lies.


Has the right hon. Gentleman considered the report which was made to the Council of the League by Mr. Knox, and can he say whether, in view of the serious nature of that report, the whole question of the Saar plebiscite will be considered in detail at the forthcoming meeting of the council?


I have seen in the Press a statement that Mr. Knox has made such a report, and I believe—indeed I have no doubt—that one of the questions coming before the meeting of the Council in a few days' time will be the question of the arrangements to be suggested by this committee in reference to the Saar plebiscite.


Can the right hon. Gentleman give the House any information as to whether the plebiscite will be held without interference?


The hon. Gentleman will appreciate that the plebiscite is to be taken later on, and a committee has been appointed by the Council of the League which has been considering what should be the conditions and the other arrangements made for the purpose which the hon. Gentleman mentioned.