HC Deb 05 October 1931 vol 257 cc818-9W

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs the decision which has been reached by the League of Nations Council in regard to the suggested offer of sympathetic services in settling the trouble between China and Japan; and what is the attitude of the British Government on the point?

Captain EDEN

I would refer the hon. Member to my reply to the hon. Member for East Wolverhampton (Mr. Mander) on 30th September. At the Council meeting on 1st October, the President read a statement emphasising the importance of the withdrawal of the Japanese troops to the railway zone, while at the same time recognising that a certain time must be allowed for the withdrawal. He, therefore, submitted a resolution taking note of the declarations hitherto made by both parties, exhorting them to do all in their power to restore normal relations and to furnish the Council at frequent intervals with full information, and proposing that the Council should meet again on 14th October, unless the situation is by then so far restored to normal as to render this meeting unnecessary. The Japanese and Chinese delegates accepted this resolution, which was unanimously adopted, and the Council adjourned. The attitude of His Majesty's Government is in complete accord with that of the League Council as described above.