HC Deb 05 December 1938 vol 342 c848
10. Mr. Day

asked the Prime Minister what is the gross figure in sterling contributed by His Majesty's Government towards the general expenses of the League of Nations for the 12 months ended the last convenient date; the comparable figure for the previous 12 months; and the number of nations which have defaulted in their contributions?

Mr. Butler

The contribution of His Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom to the expenses of the League of Nations for the year ending 3ist December, 1938, is £158,440. The contribution for the preceding year was £162,773. On 31st October last nine States had not yet completed payment of their contributions due up to 31st December, 1937.

Mr. Day

Can the Minister say what was the gross amount of the contributions on which there was a default?

Mr. Butler

No, Sir.

Mr. Mathers

Do the Government still grudge that expenditure, as they have done in previous years?

Mr. Butler

The Government have never grudged this expenditure.

13. Mr. Leslie

asked the Prime Minister what are the terms of reference of the committee on standing charges set up by the last Assembly of the League of Nations as the result of a proposal by the British Government; who is the chairman of the committee; and who is its British member?

Mr. Butler

The terms of reference of the committee are To examine thoroughly the standing charges in the budgets of the Secretarlat and the International Labour Organisation and recommend what economies can be carried out either immedlately or in the near future. The chairman of the committee is Count Carton de Wlart (Belgium). The United Kingdom member is Sir Russell Scott.

Mr. Leslie

Was it not understood at the League Assembly last September that the chairman would be a British representative?

Mr. Butler

I am not aware of that.

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