§ 26. Mr. DUGGAN
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he can give any further information concerning arrangements between China and 11 the League of Nations to secure payment of the outstanding arrears of China's contributions as a member of the League, and the steps taken to put these arrangements into effect?
§ Mr. EDEN
As stated in reply to my hon. Friend the Member for South Kensington (Sir W. Davison) on the 9th May last the Assembly of the League of Nations decided that the unpaid balance of China's contributions for the years 1922–30 should be payable by equal annual instalments over a period of 20 years. I am happy to add that at the beginning of 1931 the Chinese Government undertook to pay the instalments for that year, a sum of 481,121 gold francs, in May and September; and these payments were duly made at the dates specified. The whole of the instalment of arrears for 1932, a sum of 484,583 gold francs, was paid in March of this year. These sums are equivalent to £38,728 at gold parity.