§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the BOARD of TRADE (Dr. Burgin)
As the answer is in the form of a tabular statement, I will with my hon. and learned Friend's permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.
§ Following is the statement:
§ other Governments, in this sphere, but I am very doubtful as to whether the opening of general negotiations would facilitate the attainment of the objective in view. In this connection I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given by my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary to my hon. Friend the Member for Southampton (Mr. Craven-Ellis) on 14th May. As regards the second half of the question, His Majesty's Government are unaware of any steps which they could usefully take in the matter.
§ Mr. ELLIS SMITH
Will not the right hon. Gentleman give further consideration to this question, in order that the English-speaking countries shall set an example to the world?
§ Mr. H. G. WILLIAMS
Did not the United States of America decline to join the League of Nations because they objected to the coercive nature of the Covenant?