HC Deb 01 November 1934 vol 293 cc368-70W

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what is now the position with regard to the proposed embargo on arms and ammunition to Bolivia and Paraguay; which countres have expressed their willingness to cooperate in such an embargo; and which countries, if any, have put such embargo into operation?


I would refer the hon. Member to the reply returned to the hon. Member for Wolverhamption East (Mr. Mander) yesterday, in which the present position of the embargo on the supply of arms to Bolivia and Paraguay was explained. The lists requested in the second part of his question are as follow:

A.—COUNTRIES which have expressed their willingness, subject in certain cases to specified conditions, to cooperate in the embargo on the supply of arms to Bolivia and Paraguay.
Argentina. Mexico.
Australia. Netherlands.
Austria. Norway.
Belgium. Panama.
Brazil. Peru.
Canada. Poland.
Chile. Portugal.
China. Spain.
Czechoslovakia. Sweden.
Denmark. Switzerland.
Finland. United Kingdom.
France. United States of
Germany. America.
Guatemala. Uruguay.
Irish Free State. Union of Soviet
Italy. Socialist Re-
Latvia. publics.
Lithuania. Yugoslavia.

B.—COUNTRIES which have formally announced that they have put the embargo into operation,
Argentina. Finland.
Australia. France.
Belgium. Germany.
Brazil. Irish Free State.
Canada. Italy,
China. Latvia.
Czechoslovakia. Lithuania.
Denmark. Luxembourg.
Dominican Re- Netherlands.
public. Norway.

Poland. United States of
Portugal. America.
Spain. Union of Soviet
Sweden. Socialist Re-
Switzerland. publics.
United Kingdom. Yugoslavia.

C.—NOTES on the position of the Governments included in List A above but not in List B.


The Austrian Government have stated that in Austria the export of war material of all kinds is formally prohibited under municipal legislation.

Guatemala, Mexico, Panama.

The Governments of these three countries have declared themselves unreservedly prepared to enforce the embargo, but have not yet announced at Geneva that they have effectively applied it in their territory.


The Chilean Government have accepted on condition that all the Governments consulted by the League Committee of Three do so, including the Japanese Government. The latter Government have, however, stated that they cannot see their way to participate in any political action by the League of Nations, though they have added that Japan has never exported arms intended for Bolivia and Paraguay.


The Peruvian Government have stated that they will make the application of the measures adopted by the League conditional upon the steps taken by the Chilean Government in this matter, and have also added that Peru does not manufacture arms.


The Uruguayan Government have announced that Uruguay will associate herself with such measures as the League Council may decide to take, provided that they are agreed to by neighbouring countries.

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