HC Deb 08 February 1937 vol 320 cc14-5
23. Mr. Loftus

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will consider incorporating, in any suggestions put forward for the reform of the League of Nations, a proposal that it should be made an essential condition of membership that a member State shall not directly or indirectly subsidise or organise propaganda in another country directed to the overthrow of the Government of that country?

Viscount Cranborne

The attitude of His Majesty's Government towards propaganda of this type is well known. But I do not consider that the Covenant of the League of Nations would be the appropriate place for a stipulation of the character suggested by my hon. Friend, or that the submission of such a proposal to the Committee on the Application of the Principles of the Covenant would lead to any useful result.

Mr. Loftus

Does my Noble Friend realise that genuine co-operation between Governments within the League must remain impossible as long as any Governments are fomenting and organising revolution in the territories of other Governments?

Viscount Cranborne

I would suggest to my hon. Friend that the reform of the Covenant in any case will be a most complicated matter, and it is not necessary unduly to complicate it further. This is a very important matter but I think it could more properly be treated in a separate instrument.