HC Deb 02 February 1938 vol 331 c212
10. Mr. Thurtle

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether there are any German, Japanese, or Italian subjects still in the employ of the Secretariat of the League of Nations; and, if so, will he give the numbers of each nationality still so employed?

Mr. Eden

Yes, Sir. According to the Official Journal of the League of Nations of October, 1937, there were 11 Germans, 31 Italians and three Japanese employed in an official capacity by the Secretariat. Of these I understand that five Italians have since resigned and have left the Secretariat, and the resignation of five further Italians will take effect in six months time.

Mr. Thurtle

In view of the fact that neither Germany nor Italy is any longer a member of the League, does the right hon. Gentleman intend to ask for the resignation of the Italian and German members of the staff?

Mr. Eden

I do not think that in any event that would be a matter for me. The hon. Member will bear in mind that members of the Secretariat are not representatives of their Governments.

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