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Timber Exports (Forced Labour)

Volume 237: debated on Monday 24 March 1930

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will call for a report from the British Minister to Finland in regard to the unrest on the Russo-Finnish border and the recent representative meeting there; and as to whether there is danger of an outbreak through the impressment of numbers of Ingrians for timber labour in the forests?

No, Sir. I have no reason to suppose that the disturb- antes to which the hon. and gallant Member refers are of such magnitude as to warrant my calling for special reports upon the subject.

Is it the policy of the Government to do nothing in this matter and rest under the comments which are being made in the Swedish and Finnish Press about us receiving the products of slave labour?