14. Mr. L'ESTRANGE MALONE
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has received any communication from the Secretary-General of the League of Nations 381 regarding the request made by the Government of the German Reich that the League of Nations guarantee for the provisions relating to the protection of minorities shall be placed on the agenda of the next session of the League of Nations Council; whether he can state what aspects of the minorities question will be raised; and whether His Majesty's representative on the Council will support and, if needful, himself bring forward again, the proposal which was made at the last Assembly of the League, that a Permanent Minorities Commission should be created on the analogy of the Permanent Mandates Commission?
§ Sir A, CHAMBERLAIN
I have received a copy of the provisional agenda for the next meeting of the Council of the League of Nations, on which the matter referred to by the hon. Member appears. I am unable to state in advance to what particular aspects of the minorities question the attention of the Council will be directed. As regards the last part of the question, I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given to the hon. Member for Dewsbury, (Mr. Riley) on 6th December, to the effect that His Majesty's Government were not aware of any intention to revive the suggestion of forming a Permanent Minorities Commission. That is still the position, and His Majesty's Government do not propose to raise the question themselves.