HC Deb 05 December 1939 vol 355 cc451-2
Mr. Attlee

(by Private Notice) asked the Prime Minister whether the Government have supported the request of the Finnish Government for a meeting of the Council of the League of Nations and whether he has any statement to make?

The Prime Minister

The action of the Finnish Government was taken on their own initiative. The Secretary-General of the League has transmitted to His Majesty's Government the Finnish Government's request that the Council and Assembly should be convoked. The Council has accordingly been summoned for Saturday next, 9th December. It is anticipated that the Assembly will meet on Monday, the 11th. His Majesty's Government will be represented by my right hon. Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, who will make a statement on their behalf at the meetings.

Miss Wilkinson

Have the Government sent any protest to the Government in Berlin. [HON. MEMBERS: "Moscow."] Have the Government as yet sent any protest to the Governments in Berlin and Moscow for the violation of Finnish territory?

The Prime Minister

No, Sir.

Mr. Vyvyan Adams

Will His Majesty's Government consider supporting the expulsion of Russia from the League that she has tricked and dishonoured?

Mr. Gallacher

When the meeting of the League takes place, will the right hon. Gentleman draw attention to the fact that the British Government are carrying on a war to get a Government suitable to themselves in Germany, and that there is ample justification for the Soviet getting a Government in Finland that will ensure the defence of the Gulf of Finland?