25 NOVEMBER 1932, Page 32


This small but highly instructive pamphlet, What Does the League Cost ? (League of Nations Union, 3d.) has been published to combat misrepresentation. There are few subjects about which more nonsense is talked than the cost of the League, and a few cold figures will do all the good in the World. The gist of the matter is put in half a dozen lines on the first page of the pamphlet : "What Great Britain spends on the League (1138,000 at par) bears the same proportion to the national income that 2s. 6d. a year would do to a man having an income of /3,009. While we spend an equivalent of 2s. 6d. out of £3,000 on the League, we spend xpoo on IN or - paying for past wars or preparing for fresh." It is added elsewhere that "from the beginning of the League up to October, 1932, Great Britain has paid to the League £1,262,000—a sum about one-seventh of the cost of the latest type of battleship." Full details of the Leagues expenditure in every department of its work are appended.