chapter  5
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THE CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENTS, 1922–3, AND THE FIRST LABOUR GOVERNMENT, 1924

The two separate administrations, Conservative and Labour, are dealt with together in one chapter first because they were both of short duration, and second because there is a great similarity in their approaches to the question of disarmament. Both were responsible, at least in theory, for overseeing attempts to achieve indirect systems of disarmament through the League of Nations, and each was responsible for undermining the attempts of the other, although in the case of the Labour government the attempt was destroyed by the incoming 1924 Conservative administration. For the sake of continuity, the Conservative administrations of Bonar Law and Baldwin are treated as one, as there was nothing to distinguish the foreign policy, at least as far as disarmament is concerned, of one from the other.