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Sir John Simon’s Speech of December 7th, 1932

LET me begin by expressing my warm agreement with those who have spoken in terms of high admiration of this remarkable Report. Its form, its spirit, the effort which is manifest on every page to pronounce an honest and impartial judgment, are a model for all such efforts in the future. Whether we agree with its conclusions or its details in this or that respect, I think we shall be entirely at one in acknowledging how fortunate the League has been to obtain the services of these five gentlemen to put before us this unanimous Report. The quite exceptional authority of the document is, of course, greatly increased by the circumstance not only that it is a unanimous Report, but that it represents the unanimous view of five men drawn from five different nations, approaching the subject-matter from special angles, and none the less reaching conclusions in which they all join.