7. Mr. PONSONBY
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether, in February, 1917, Lord Milner was present at a Conference of Allied representatives in Petrograd at which the ex-Czar and the Russian Government pledged themselves to support the return of Alsace-Lorraine to France and the creation of a buffer State on the left bank of the Rhine; and, if so, why the knowledge by His Majesty's Government of such an agreement between France and Russia has repeatedly been denied?
§ Lord R. CECIL
The reply to the first part of the question is in the negative; the second part, therefore, does not arise.
Is the Noble Lord aware that this statement appears in the "Daily Mail Year Book," which may be taken as a semi-official document, with Lord Northcliffe at the back of it?