Oral Answers to Questions — National Peace Ballot.

– in the House of Commons on 30th July 1935.

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Photo of Sir Geoffrey Mander Sir Geoffrey Mander , Wolverhampton East

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asked the Prime Minister whether his attention has been drawn to the result of the National Peace Ballot, submitted to him by a recent deputation, which shows that 11,627,765 persons recorded their votes, showing a percentage of 97 per cent. in general support of the League of Nations, and that three persons out of every four who voted were in favour of military sanctions if necessary for the preservation of world order through the machinery of the League; and whether the Government will frame their foreign policy in conformity with the public opinion of the country as thus disclosed?

Photo of Mr Stanley Baldwin Mr Stanley Baldwin , Bewdley

The result of the Peace Ballot communicated to me by a deputation on this subject last week showed that out of approximately 11½ million ballot papers filled in, some 6¾ millions answered "Yes" to the question relating to military sanctions. As regards the last part of the question, the Government's policy has been explained in the speeches of Ministers. This policy remains founded upon the League of Nations, and, as I said to the deputation on Tuesday last, I was glad of the opportunity of emphasising that the Government intend to persist in the policy that they have hitherto pursued.

Photo of Mr Herbert Williams Mr Herbert Williams , Croydon South

How many pacifists voted in favour of other people fighting everybody everywhere?