§ Mr. PONSONBY
asked whether the subordination of the Finnish pilot service to the Russian Ministry of Marine has resulted in the resignation of 75 per cent, of the pilot staff; and whether, in the interests of British shipping, any representations have been made to the Russian Government on the subject?
§ Mr. MONTAGU
According to the latest information in the possession of His Majesty's Government 433 Finnish pilots have resigned. I am unable to state what percentage this figure represents. The matter is one of Russian domestic policy, and there are no grounds which would justify any representations to the Russian Government.
Sir GILBERT PARKER
Arising out of that answer, may I ask if the places of these pilots who have resigned have been taken by Russian pilots?