HC Deb 06 July 1936 vol 314 c833
11. Mr. DAY

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what has been the result of the conversations between the Council of the League of Nations and the Governments of the Near East, Middle East, and Far East with regard to the problem of traffic of women and children in the East; whether the inquiries by the body of experts investigating this matter are yet completed; and what decision or action has been decided upon?


A committee of inquiry was appointed by the Council in 1930 to investigate this matter, and issued its report in 1933. As a result of that report, the Council have subsequently been in consultation with Governments on the possibility of holding a conference of central authorities of countries in the Middle and Far East to examine the problems involved. It has now been decided that such a conference shall take place in February, 1937, in Java, and the French, Chinese, Portuguese, Netherlands and Siamese Governments, together with the Governments of Hong Kong and of the Straits Settlements, have agreed to send representatives. The United States Government will send an observer. It has been agreed that there shall be some representation of an advisory and consultative character of the voluntary organisations interested in these problems.


Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether India has been asked to send a representative, and whether one is going?


I understand the Government of India is considering the question of sending an observer.

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