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Debts, Claims And Counter-Claims

Volume 237: debated on Monday 24 March 1930

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the joint committee of experts for the discussion and settlement of claims and debts against the Soviet Government by British nationals has been set up, as contemplated in the Protocol of 3rd October, 1929?

No, Sir. The constitution of the contemplated committee and the scope of its work are still under consideration.

Does the right hon. Gentleman think that it is in the interest of the British taxpayer that we should be committed to a further liability of £2,000,000 while these claims remain outstanding?

At Question Time we are not concerned with Ministers' opinions or what they think.