HL Deb 21 December 1932 vol 86 cc519-20

My Lords, I do not know whether a sub-committee of your Lordships is deciding either the proceedings of the House or the time by the twelve-hour clock, but if we have now finished upon that matter for the present, I should like to ask the starred Question standing in my name.

[The Question was as follows: To ask His Majesty's Government whether the League of Nations has received any report or petition regarding recent disturbances in Transylvania, during which demonstrations took place against the Hungarian minority; and whether His Majesty's Government has received any reports from its Consular representatives or otherwise.]


My Lords, I take it that the noble Lord is referring to the disturbances at Cluj on December 1, when a body of students stormed the Hungarian Passport Office, which fulfils the function of a Consulate, and insisted on hoisting the Rumanian flag. So far as His Majesty's Government are aware, no report or petition has been addressed to the League of Nations on this subject, but several reports have been sent by His Majesty's representatives abroad, including a detailed account of this unfortunate incident from His Majesty's Consul at Cluj itself.

It appears that the meetings of various kinds which had been arranged all over Rumania to celebrate the fourteenth anniversary of the union of Transylvania with Rumania passed off elsewhere without untoward incident. His Majesty's Minister at Bucharest reports that the Rumanian Government at once issued a communiquè; condemning severely the action of the demonstrators as an. infraction of the International Law under which the Hungarian office was placed, and expressing their sincere regrets for what had happened. The same evening M. Titulescu, the Rumanian Foreign Minister, called at the Hungarian Legation to convey officially a similar expression of regret. His Majesty's Minister at Budapest reports that the incident aroused indignation in the Hungarian Press, and in reply to a question in the Lower House the Minister for Foreign Affairs stated that a strong protest had been made in Bucharest. The news of M. Titulescu's prompt action, however, was well received in Hungary, and the matter is now considered closed.


I beg to thank the noble and learned Viscount the Leader of the House for his reply.