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Volume 161: debated on Wednesday 14 March 1923

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British Citizen's Arrest (J Martin)


asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether, in view of the fact that over six months have elapsed since the British agent at Moscow was instructed to demand of the Russian Government an explanation of their conduct in imprisoning from the 7th November, 1919, to 6th March, 1920, the British citizen, Mr. Joseph Martin, now blind as a result of his imprisonment, he can say what measures the Government is prepared to-take to secure the explanation without further delay?

His Majesty's Government have not relaxed their efforts to obtain the desired explanation, but have so far been unsuccessful. Beyond continuing these efforts on the lines hitherto-pursued, His Majesty's Government do not see what other measures they could usefully adopt.

Trade Representatives In England

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether his attention has been called to the statement of M. Latvinoff that His Majesty's Government are now refusing to admit to this country Russian buyers and sellers, representative of economic organisations, unless voucher? for by particular English firms, thereby committing them in advance to dealing with these particular firms; and what is the reason for this restriction?

I have been asked to reply. I have not seen the statement to which the hon. Member refers. No such restriction as is suggested is imposed on the admission of bonĂ¢ fide Russian buyers and sellers who desire to visit this country under the terms of the Trade Agreement with Russia.

German Officers


asked the Prime Minister whether he has any evidence that German officers are rendering assistance in the development of the Russian army based on a Russo-German understanding with regard to an anti-French policy; and whether, in the new circumstances, he contemplates any change in the British policy towards Russia?

Although it is known that a few German individuals are employed in military institutions in Russia, His Majesty's Government have no information to the effect that their employment is based on any such Russo-German understanding. The second part of the question, therefore, does not arise.

Is the Prime Minister aware that the Russian official authorities have denied the existence of any military collaboration with Germany?