HC Deb 20 July 1936 vol 315 cc11-3
16. Mr. DAY

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the Government has had under consideration or will now put forward proposals for Great Britain to participate in a scheme for financial assistance to victims of the war in Ethiopia; and will he give particulars?


No, Sir.


Has the League of Nations considered in any way whether the principal States should co-operate in giving assistance to the victims?


I am not sure what the hon. Gentleman means—whether he means assistance to carry on the war or charitable assistance.


Financial assistance for the relief of distress.


asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether facilities have been granted to Dejazmatch Makonnen to proceed through the Sudan to the western provinces of Abyssinia?


Yes, Sir. Dejazmatch Makonnen was informed some weeks ago, in answer to his request, that, if he so desired, facilities would be granted for him to proceed by civil transport, air or rail, across the Sudan to Gambeila.

21. Mr. DENMAN

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has evidence of the relative efficiency with which different members of the League of Nations imposed economic and financial sanctions on Italy; how many members suffered appreciable loss or incurred substantial expense in imposing them; and how Great Britain compares with other members in respect of efficiency, loss, and expense?


asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will cause to be prepared a statement showing the trade imports and exports to and from Italy of the principal sanctionist countries for the period during which sanctions were imposed, with the comparable results for the previous year?


I would refer my hon. Friend the Member for Central Leeds (Mr. Denman) to the Second Report of the Committee of Experts to the Co-ordination Committee of 1st February, a copy of which is already in the Library of the House. There are, in addition, two documents which the Co-ordination Committee have issued since that date, and which contain statistics of the trade between the countries applying sanctions and Italy and the Italian colonies, from November, 1935, to March, 1936; and I am arranging for copies of these documents to be placed in the Library of the House. They will, I think, be found to cover the points raised in the question put by my right hon. Friend the Member for South Molton (Mr. Lambert). On 6th July the Co-ordination Committee adopted a proposal that the various Governments concerned should furnish, before 31st October, 1936, to the Secretariat of the League of Nations for circulation to Governments, a memorandum setting out their experience with reference to the application of the measures enforced and such conclusions as this experience would seem to suggest; and that they should appoint experts to serve on a committee to study this documentation and submit a report to the Governments. My hon. Friend will realise that it would be difficult for me to express an opinion upon the matters raised in his question until that committee has been appointed and has completed its work.


When will these figures be ready and available for the public here?


I cannot say, but I imagine that there will be no avoidable delay.


Will the Committee inquire into the advisability of compensating firms who suffered so severely?

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