Oral Answers to Questions — Russia and Japan.

– in the House of Commons on 23rd November 1933.

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Photo of Mr David Grenfell Mr David Grenfell , Gower

55.

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether in view of the increasing war preparations all round the Pacific and the strained situation between the Union of Socialist Soviet Republics and Japan arising out of the Japanese occupation of Manchuria, he will convoke the assembly committee set up as a result of the assembly's report of 24th February and charged with watching over the development of the situation in the Far East in order to initiate joint action to avert the growing threat to peace?

Photo of Mr Bertram Falle Mr Bertram Falle , Portsmouth North

Before he answers this question may I ask my hon. Friend if he considers it to be a fair statement of the attitude of our old ally Japan?

Mr. DEPUTY-SPEAKER:

The hon. Member must put that question down.

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

The committee set up as a result of the League Assembly's resolution of the 24th February, 1933, is concerned with the difficulties between China and Japan and the matters raised by the hon. Member do not appear to come within its competence.

Photo of Mr Bertram Falle Mr Bertram Falle , Portsmouth North

Is it not a fact that the action of Japan in the East is due to the previous action of Russia in taking Vladivostock?

Photo of Mr Thomas Williams Mr Thomas Williams , Don Valley

May I ask whether the League of Nations has not dealt with the question of Manchuria previously and will the hon. Gentleman be good enough to communicate to his hon. Friend the result of Lord Lytton's inquiry

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

That matter does not arise out of the question.