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Russia (Trade Agreements)

Volume 161: debated on Wednesday 14 March 1923

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asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the trade agreement of the Soviet Government is still in existence; whether it is working satisfactorily; whether other Powers have concluded or are concluding similar agreements and, among them, China; and whether these trade agreements will in any way exercise a conflicting effect upon each other?

The trade agreement is still in existence. Although in some respects an imperfect instrument, it has permitted the re-opening of trade between this country and Russia, as shown by the figures which have been given to the House from time to time by my right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade. The other Powers which have concluded similar agreements are Norway, Austria, Italy arid Czecho-Slovakia. The answer to the last part of the question is, so far as I am aware, in the negative.