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Friday, 23 July 1926


Senator PEARCE - The Prime Min,ister has supplied the following answers to the honorable senator's questions: -

1.   The total budget of the League of Nations for 1926 amounts to 22,930,633 gold francs, consisting of - Secretariat and special organizations, 12,533,004 gold francs; International Labour Organizations, 7,114,938 gold francs; Permanent Court of International Justice, 1,907,691 gold francs.

2.   The expenses of the League of Nations are borne by Members, in the proportion decided by the Assembly. ' In 1925, the Assembly agreed to a scale applicable to the years 1926, 1927, and 1928, consisting of 937 units, apportioned as follows: - Abyssinia, 2; Albania, i; Argentine, 29; Australia, 27; Austria, S; Belgium, 18; Bolivia, 4; Brazil, 29; Bulgaria, 5; Canada, 35; Chile, 14; China, 46; Colombia, 6; Costa Rica, 1; Cuba, 9; Czecho-Slovakia, 29; Denmark, 12; Dominican Republic, 1; Esthonia, 3; Finland, 10; France, 79; Great Britain, 105; Greece, 7 ; Guatemala, 1 ; Haiti, 1 ; Honduras, 1; Hungary, 8; India, 56; Irish Free State, 10; Italy, 60; Japan, 60; Latavia, 3; Liberia, 1; Lithuania, 4; Luxemburg, 1; Netherlands, 23; New Zealand, 10; Nicaragua, 1; Norway, 9; Panama, 1; Paraguay, 1; Persia, 5; Peru, 9; Poland, 32; Portugal, C;Roumania, 22: Salvador, 1; Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes (Kingdom of), 20; Siam, 9; Spain, 40; South. Africa (Union of), 15; Sweden, I8; Switzerland, 17 ; Uruguay, 7 ; Venezuela, 5. This scale has been arrived at on the basis of the capacity of Member States to pay as shown by their national budgets, population, and other factors. A committee is at present making further investigations, with a view to submitting a revised scale to the Assembly in 1928.

3.   The Commonwealth's contribution for the year 1920 amounts to 660,755 gold francs.







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