asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether Japan undertook to evacuate the nothern portion of the island Saghalien during the negotiations at Washington; and whether this evacuation has commenced?
The Japanese representative at the Washington Conference gave an assurance that the occupation of Northern Saghalien was "only a temporary measure," and would come to an end as soon as a satisfactory settlement could be arranged with "an orderly Russian Government." The answer to the second part of the question is in the negative.
Will the hon. Gentleman state exactly what sort of Government it is in the Far East, whether or no it is elected on exactly the same ground as the present House of Commons and on an entirely different basis from what hon. Members generally regard as a Soviet?
The Minister was quoting the statement of another Government.