HC Deb 26 June 1928 vol 219 cc239-40W

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the total amount of grants paid in respect of the Government's drainage scheme during the

Assembly of the League of Nations, and also in view of the fact that all previous Governments have included well-known members of other parties in the official delegation, whether His Majesty's Government intend to include in the British delegation this year, either as delegate or as substitute delegate, any well-known Liberal or Socialist?


The hon. Member is mistaken as to the general practice of previous Governments. The only instance of a principal delegate to the Assembly of the League of Nations being drawn from a party other than the one in office is that of Mr. Barnes in 1920 during the Coalition Government. I do not think that Mr. Barnes could be ranked as a member of the Opposition at that time. It is not proposed to alter the character, though there will necessarily be some changes in the personnel, of the British Delegation to the next Assembly.

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