HC Deb 13 October 1943 vol 392 c860
16. Major Petherick

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has any information as to how many States are still members of the League of Nations and how many are at present subscribing their share towards its upkeep?

Mr. Law

The most recent list of members circulated by the League of Nations in August last contains the names of 45 States Of these in 1942, six paid their contribution in full, four made token payments, six made certain payments in respect of arrears and three others made payments for specific purposes.

Major Petherick

Would not my right hon. Friend agree that this shows a deplorable state of affairs? Is it not time that this moribund and still expensive concern was wound up?

Mr. Law

No, Sir, I cannot altogether agree with my hon. and gallant Friend. The Government have made it clear on more than one occasion that we do attach considerable importance to the technical services of the League and that it would be a great pity if we allowed it to lapse now.