§ Mr. SAMUEL ROBERTS
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has received a copy of a resolution passed by the Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, expressing their anxiety at the proposal of the Imperial Government of Russia to deprive Finland of her local autonomy as regards her Customs tariff and other commercial matters, which would prejudicially affect the growing trade between Great Britain and Finland; and whether he has made or proposes to make representations to the Imperial Government of Russia in favour of the autonomy of Finland being preserved?
§ Sir E. GREY
No, Sir, the answer to that is in the negative. I have received the communication referred to by the hon. Member, but His Majesty's Government 1020 are not in a position to make representations which would involve interference in the internal affairs of a friendly Power not based on any treaty right. I am not aware that commercial changes are directly involved.