HC Deb 20 January 1937 vol 319 cc173-4
3. Mr. Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has any further statement to make as to the negotiations for the reform of the League of Nations?

Viscount Cranborne

The Committee appointed by the last Assembly to study the application of the principles of the Covenant met at Geneva from 14th December to 17th December last. After discussing and classifying the various questions which had been laid before it, the Committee selected II subjects which it would examine in the first instance, and determined its method of work. A rapporteur was appointed for each of these subjects and the Secretary-General was requested to supply documentary material so that the rapporteur might be able to submit to the Committee a detailed review of the problem entrusted to him and of its relation to the problems entrusted to other rapporteurs. As soon as the rapporteurs have submitted their reports, their duties will be at an end, and the Committee will decide what its next step should be. The chairman of the Committee is empowered to call a meeting of the rapporteurs if he thinks it necessary. The Committee authorised its chairman to convoke it again whenever, after consultation with the rapporteurs and the Secretary-General, he should consider it advisable.

Mr. Lewis

Has the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs taken any steps to ascertain what reforms in the League of Nations would be necessary to secure the membership of the United States of America?

Viscount Cranborne

All subjects relating to the reform of the League will come under the review of the Committee.

Mr. Mander

Is it not really the statesmen who require reforming more than the League?

Sir Percy Harris

Who represents this country on the Committee?

Viscount Cranborne

I represent it.

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