HC Deb 30 July 1937 vol 326 cc3528-30W
Mr. Thorne

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs in how many cases during the lifetime of the League it has been called on to consider cases of international dispute; how many cases were decided before the Council by methods of argument and persuasion; how many cases were settled by the Hague Court; and how many aggressions were met by sanctions?

Viscount Cranborne

Forty-two international disputes of a political character have been referred to the League of Nations since its inception. Twenty-one of these were eventually settled by the council. In five cases an advisory opinion of the Permanent Court of International Justice was requested. The disput between Italy and Abyssinia is the only occasion on which Article 16 of the Covenant has become operative.