Oral Answers to Questions — Japan and China (British Arms.)

– in the House of Commons on 11th December 1931.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of Mr William Lunn Mr William Lunn , Rothwell

21.

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether with a view to the furtherance of friendly relations with other Powers, he will advise the Board of Trade to refuse all licences to export arms to China and Japan, pending the settlement of the dispute in Manchuria?

Photo of Mr Anthony Eden Mr Anthony Eden , Warwick and Leamington

No, Sir, I am afraid that my right hon. Friend cannot accept the hon. Member's suggestion which would not be likely to serve the purpose he has in view.

Photo of Mr William Lunn Mr William Lunn , Rothwell

The purpose I have in view to avoid war and will the hon. Gentleman, through the League of Nations, take steps to see that we do not supply arms to other countries for war purposes?

Photo of Mr Anthony Eden Mr Anthony Eden , Warwick and Leamington

The very purpose which the hon. Member has in view will not be served by his question.