HC Deb 28 May 1936 vol 312 cc2210-1W

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, in view of the fact that the members of the International Red Cross Committee are entirely of Swiss nationality, he will ask the council of the League of Nations to discuss how far it is desirable for the League to recognise as genuinely international a body so constituted, having particular regard to Article 25 of the Covenant, under which reference is made to the League's relations with the Red Cross organisations?


While my information is that the hon. Member is correct in stating that the International Red Cross Committee is entirely composed of Swiss citizens, I understand that the status and functions of that body, as defined in Article 7 of the statutes of the International Red Cross Organisation, make it clear that it is an independent institution having its own statute arid particular functions. This position is no doubt well recognised by other members of the League, and I do not therefore think that action by His Majesty's Government such as is suggested is required.