HC Deb 14 February 1922 vol 150 cc849-50W

asked the Prime Minister whether the approval of the third International Labour Conference and of the governing body was obtained for the substitution of the hon. Member for Salford, South, for Sir Malcolm Delevingne as the British Government representative or the governing body of the International Labour Office, as laid down in Article 393 of the Treaty of Versailles, which says in paragraph (b) that the period of office of the members of the governing body will be three years, and the method of filling vacancies and other similar questions may he determined by the governing body subject to the approval of the Conference?


asked the Prime Minister if he is aware that the question of allowing substitutes for the appointed members of the governing body was discussed by the committee of selection of the third International Labour Conference; that this committee made certain recommendations in this connection upon which delegates will be asked to vote at the next session of the Conference; and whether, in these circumstances, the appointment of the hon. Member for South Salford as substitute for Sir Malcolm Delevingne is valid?


His Majesty's Government, in accordance with the Treaty, has a right to representation on the governing body of the International Labour Organisation, and selects from time to time its representative on that body. In fact, no objection was raised, nor could it be so raised, upon the governing body to the nomination by His Majesty's Government of my hon. Friend the Member for Salford South, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Labour, to that body, nor was any objection offered by the Conference. The hon. Member for Salford South is duly appointed representative of the British Government, and was never a substitute to Sir Malcolm Delevingne, as suggested in the second question. The further points raised therein, therefore, do not arise.