HC Deb 08 February 1937 vol 320 c15
27. Mr. Lathan

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether Canada, Italy, and the International Labour Office have now agreed to send representatives or experts to the League committee on raw materials; and whether, in the absence of such agreement, steps are being taken to secure it?

Viscount Cranborne

Final arrangements for summoning a committee of inquiry into the question of raw materials are now in the hands of the Secretariat of the League of Nations, who are working on the basis of the report of the Polish representative, approved by the Council on 26th January. As my right hon. Friend stated in reply to the hon. Member for Burnley (Mr. Burke) on Wednesday last, copies of this report are available in the Library. I have as yet no official information as to whether experts, other than those mentioned in the annex to the report, are likely to serve on the committee, but as hon. Members are already aware, representation of the International Labour Office has been approved in principle by the Council.

Mr. Lathan

Does not the Minister think that, having regard to the great importance of this question, nationally and internationally, there ought to be special activity on the part of the Govment to secure the fullest possible representation?

Viscount Cranborne

I think all that is necessary is being done. If the hon. Member will look at the report of the Polish representative to the Council, which is in the Library, he will see that that is so.

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