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Debts, Claims And Counter-Claims

Volume 236: debated on Monday 17 March 1930

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31. The following question stood upon the Order Paper in the name of Sir N. GRATTAN-DOYLE:

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether a schedule of the counter-claims of the Soviet Government has yet been received; and whether he can state the total amount?

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will consider the desirability of setting up a Select Committee of the House to assist the Government to negotiate terms for the early payment by the Soviet Government of its debts to British nationals?

The Protocol of the 3rd of October contemplated the appointment of a joint committee of experts for the discussion and settlement of claims and debts. As at present advised, I think adherence to this procedure is preferable to the course suggested by the hon. and gallant Member.

Has not this House very good experts who would be very useful?

Is there not much greater likelihood of these matters being settled if friendly relations are retained with Russia?

Is it still the policy of the Government to grant financial assistance to Russia, before these debts have been settled?

That point does not arise out of the question. I have answered a similar question more than once and the position is unchanged.