Conference of Ambassadors.

Oral Answers to Questions — Peace Treaties. – in the House of Commons on 26th June 1924.

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Photo of Sir Edward Spears Sir Edward Spears , Loughborough

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asked the Prime Minister what are the functions and duties of the Conference of Ambassadors; what purpose is served by the continued existence of this body: and whether or not he proposes to maintain indefinitely a British representative on the Council??

Photo of Mr John Clynes Mr John Clynes , Manchester Platting

I would refer the hon. and gallant Member to a reply given to the hon. Member for Hackney North (Mr. J Harris) on the 25th February. The British representative will continue to take part in the discussions of the Ambassadors' Conference so long as its work is unfinished.

Photo of Sir Edward Spears Sir Edward Spears , Loughborough

Does not the right hon. Gentleman think that a lot of the work done by the Conference of Ambassadors could be better dealt with by the League of Nations?

Photo of Mr John Clynes Mr John Clynes , Manchester Platting

I think the question of the functions of the Conference was covered in the reply given by the Prime Minister some time ago.

Photo of Captain William Benn Captain William Benn , Leith

When is it anticipated that the work of the Conference will come to an end?

Photo of Mr John Clynes Mr John Clynes , Manchester Platting

I could not answer that question without notice.

Photo of Mr William Pringle Mr William Pringle , Penistone

Was it not the pre-Election policy of the Labour party to dispense with the Conference of Ambassadors altogether?

Photo of Mr John Clynes Mr John Clynes , Manchester Platting

There is no change in the Election policy of the Labour party.

Photo of Mr John Simpson Mr John Simpson , Taunton

Can the right hon. Gentleman tell us how often the Conference of Ambassadors has sat during the last month?

Photo of Sir Philip Colfox Sir Philip Colfox , Dorset Western

Is there any likelihood of the post-Election policy of the Labour party being put into operation?