League of Nations (Armaments Commission).

Oral Answers to Questions — Government Departments. – in the House of Commons on 4th July 1922.

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Photo of Mr William Ormsby-Gore Mr William Ormsby-Gore , Stafford

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asked the Prime Minister whether the Commission of the League of Nations dealing with the reduction of armaments is meeting at Paris instead of Geneva; whether the Budget Committee of the League has pointed out that the meeting of such committees away from Geneva adds greatly to the expense: and why the meeting is therefore not taking place at Geneva?

Photo of Mr David Lloyd George Mr David Lloyd George , Caernarvon District of Boroughs

The meeting of the Temporary Mixed Commission on the Reduction of Armaments was fixed to take place in Paris on the 3rd July in order, I believe, to suit the convenience of its members. The Fourth Committee of the Second Assembly recommended that the meetings of committees, etc., held under the auspices of the League should be held at Geneva except on the rarest possible occasions.

Photo of Mr William Ormsby-Gore Mr William Ormsby-Gore , Stafford

Are we to understand that it was at the request of the British Government that this meeting is to take place in Paris and not at Geneva? At whose initiative did this change take place?

Photo of Mr David Lloyd George Mr David Lloyd George , Caernarvon District of Boroughs

I am afraid that I cannot answer that question, but if my hon. Friend will put the question down on the Paper I will give him the information asked for.

Photo of Mr Frederick Banbury Mr Frederick Banbury , City of London

Would there not be a further saving of expense if these committees did not meet at all?

Photo of Mr David Lloyd George Mr David Lloyd George , Caernarvon District of Boroughs

I think it would be quite the reverse, because if the League achieve its object, a great saving of expense will be the result of their meetings.