Land and Air Disarmament Negotiations, 1925–27
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Cecil was aware that the referendum would be expensive to conduct. He warned that the cost to the League of Nations Union (LNU) could be as much as £ 4,000, but offered assurances that he would try to secure external funding to offset this expense. Within another month, Cecil had finished overseeing the drafting of the Peace Ballot questions. They were similar to those posed by Boorman, though not as wide-ranging. Objections were raised by some Conservative MPs to questions on the grounds that, by forcing respondents into either yes or no answers, they oversimplified complex issues. Question four, which dealt with the private manufacture of armaments, brought Cecil into direct conflict with his nephew, Lord Cranborne. The fears of Cecil's Conservative critics appeared to be realised when, in November 1934, he authorised publication of a fresh set of guidelines on how to complete Peace Ballot without first showing them to Conservative members of the LNU.