HC Deb 24 October 1935 vol 305 cc311-2
45. Mr. DICKIE

asked the Prime Minister whether, in connection with the imposition of sanctions under the Covenant of the League of Nations, provision will be made for compensating the industries adversely affected, so that sanctions imposed as part of a national policy may be borne by the nation as a whole and not by any section or sections?


It is impossible to foretell the precise effects which any sanctions imposed might have upon particular industries. The question of mutual aid to counteract any loss which may fall on countries applying sanctions is to receive further consideration by the League of Nations. His Majesty's Government will naturally endeavour to secure that in any such consideration the possible losses to British trade and industry are given their full weight.


Will the right hon. Gentleman undertake to see that special consideration is given to the mining industry in this matter, having regard to the fact that this is the industry to be affected and that the effects are being most seriously felt in the two most distressed areas in the Kingdom?


Is not peace itself by far the greatest compensation any country or industry can have?


Is it not quite plain now, on account of the speeches made during the last two days, that the Government do not intend to apply economic sanctions?

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