HC Deb 18 April 1946 vol 421 cc2890-1
63. Sir Patrick Hannon

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether in view of the functions of the League of Nations being transferred to U.N.O., he will state the measures now in process for the continued work of the International Labour Office at Geneva.

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

The arrangements for the dissolution of the League of Nations and the transfer of certain of its functions to the United Nations safeguard the position and continued existence and work of the International Labour Organisation, which is to be brought into relationship with the United Nations by agreement in accordance with the provisions of Article 57 of the Charter. Among those arrangements, I may mention that the twenty-first assembly of the League which is just concluding its work has approved a financial scheme which will not only enable the International Labour Organisation to maintain its activities unimpaired in the current year, but in addition will facilitate the future financial administration of the International Labour Organisation. Further, the League Assembly has approved the transfer of the ownership of the International Labour Organisation building in Geneva to that organisation. Under the Common Plan relating to the transfer of League assets to the United Nations, the International Labour Organisation will continue to enjoy its right of user in the Assembly Hall, Secretariat offices and Library at Geneva. I would add that the negotiations for the agreement bringing the International Labour Organisation into relationship with the United Nations are expected to open in New York at the end of May.

Sir P. Hannon

Will the Minister undertake to see that the efficiency of this very valuable organisation will be maintained at the same high level?

Mr. McNeil

That is a conception very dear to His Majesty's Government.