HC Deb 01 November 1937 vol 328 cc517-8
15. Mr. White

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs the reason for the resignation of Sir Otto Niemeyer, Sir Henry Strakosch, M. ter Meulen and M. Mlynarski from the Financial Committee of the League of Nations?

Mr. Eden

As stated in answer to the hon. Member for Kingswinford (Mr. A. Henderson) on 14th July, I understand that Sir Otto Niemeyer informed the Secretary-General of the League, in his letter of resignation, that the recent decision of the Council, namely, that members of the Financial Committee should be appointed for three years, with the right of re-eligibility, instead of, is hitherto, for an indefinite period, would not, in his considered opinion, enable the Committee to render the same effective service as in past years. M. ter Meulen expressed a similar view. Sir Henry Strakosch informed the Secretary-General of the wish of His Majesty's Government in the Union of South Africa that he should no longer be connected with the Financial Committee as a South African expert. Sir Henry Strakosch stated that the wish of the Union Government, coupled with the fact that his activities in other directions were fully taxing his energies, had reluctantly led him to the conclusion that he should resign from the Committee. I understand that M. Mlynarski gave as the reason for his resignation the new situation created by the reform of the traditional constitution of the Financial Committee.

Mr. White

Has there been any change or modification in the constitution of the committee since then?

Mr. Eden

Not since this happened. I understand that these places have been filled.

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