HC Deb 14 May 1934 vol 289 cc1433-4

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether, in view of the character of the representations which the president of the Saar Commission has made to the Council of the League of Nations, he can state what measures he proposes to submit to the Council of the League at its forthcoming meeting to safeguard the inhabitants of the Saar territory from improper pressure from outside sources and for upholding the authority of the Saar Commission?


I would refer my hon. Friend to the answers given to the questions asked by him and the hon. Member for East Wolverhampton (Mr. Mander) on the 25th April last.


May I ask my right hon. Friend whether the League of Nations has not received many representations from the President of the Saar Commission during the past year as to the difficulty with which the Saar Commission is faced; and does he think that there is not any adequate way of safeguarding the inhabitants of the Saar except by the creation of an international police force?


As my hon. Friend knows, this whole question was put by the Council of the League into the hands of a committee of three, and that committee, I believe, has submitted already a preliminary report to the council, and my information is that it is hoped to submit its final report during the present session of the council, which is during this week. I am sure that my hon. Friend and the House would agree that I could not usefully make a declaration on the matter when the committee at Geneva is actually now considering a report upon it.

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