HC Deb 11 November 1936 vol 317 c850
11. Mr. RILEY

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will take the opportunity of the occasion of the visit to London of the Polish Foreign Minister, Colonel Beck, to discuss the position of the Ukrainian minority in Poland for which Great Britain has certain responsibilities under the Minorities Treaty; and whether he will especially raise the question of the colonisation of the Ukrainian territory in Poland with Polish settlers which is going on at the present time?


I would remind the hon. Member that the execution of the Minorities Treaty is the concern of the League of Nations as a whole, and, so far as I am aware, the matter referred to by the hon. Member is not at present before the League.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware of the newspaper reports alleging that Poles are being settled by the Polish Government in the Ukraine, and, if so, is not that a violation of the spirit and the letter of the Minorities Treaty?


I have not heard of the report to which the hon. Member alludes, and in any event there is a proper Minorities procedure at Geneva which should be used in these cases.

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