HC Deb 15 November 1939 vol 353 cc683-4
1. Mr. Mander

asked the Prime Minister whether he is now able to state the date and place of the meetings of the Council and Assembly of the League of Nations, and the composition of the British delegation?

The Under-Secretary of State for Foreiģn Affairs (Mr. Butler)

The Secretary-General of the League of Nations has now transmitted a new proposal to the members of the League of Nations to the effect that in present circumstances the Fourth Committee of the Assembly, rather than the Assembly itself, should meet to discuss the budget. This proposal is now being considered by the members of the League.

Mr. Mander

What is the point of trying to avoid a meeting of the Council of the League in view of the fact that it is necessary that they should meet in order to elect a new judge to the Permanent Court of International Justice and for budgetary reasons?

Mr. Butler

The hon. Member will realise that this proposal was made in order to pass the budget, and, in fact, the initiative was taken by certain neutral countries who made a proposal to the Secretary-General who passed it on to the States members, who are now considering it. As regards the election of a judge, His Majesty's Government have not lost sight of that matter.

Mr. Noel-Baker

Have any proposals been made as to the election of a judge from any quarter?

Mr. Butler

Not that I am aware.

Mr. Mander

I beg to give notice that I shall call attention to this matter on the Adjournment next week.