HC Deb 18 July 1935 vol 304 cc1226-7
64. Sir C. RAWSON

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether a reply has been sent to the questionnaire received from the League of Nations in connection with the resolution passed by the council on the 11th January, 1935, with reference to the points upon which information was sought in connection with the pollution of the sea by oil; and, if such a reply has not been sent, whether he will arrange that the replies are sent in ample time for discussion at the meeting of the League Assembly in September, 1935?


The replies to the questionnaire were requested by 31st May, and the reply of His Majesty's Government was sent in on 21st May. I cannot answer for other Governments, but His Majesty's Government have already appealed at the Council of the League for the co-operation of the countries concerned in hastening the consideration of this question.


May I ask whether the question is on the Agenda for the next meeting of the League of Nations?


It is in the hands of a Commission, I am not sure whether it is on the agenda for the next meeting of the League of Nations.


Will the right hon. Gentleman do his best to see that it is put on the agenda?


We will do what we can to hasten matters, but it may not hasten matters to take it away from the Commission which is already considering it.