HC Deb 04 August 1919 vol 119 cc22-3
61. Sir F. HALL

asked the Lord Privy Seal what steps are to be taken with regard to the settlement of our future relations with Russia in view of the decision to withdraw all British troops before the com- mencement of next winter; whether any negotiations have yet been opened with the present Russian Government on the matter; and, if, in connection with any arrangements that may be made, the Government will have regard to the desirability of re-opening trading relations with Russia on the most favourable terms possible in view of the importance of securing further markets for British manufacturers?


The decision to withdraw the British troops from Russia does not involve any change in the attitude of His Majesty's Government towards the Soviet Government. The answer to the second part of the question is in the negative. I am fully alive to the importance of securing further markets for British exports.


Are we to understand that the Government are not taking any steps, but are leaving it to our enemies to make all the advances in regard to Russia?


My hon. and gallant Friend is not to understand that. The Government is doing everything it possibly can under the most difficult circumstances.

Captain W. BENN

Are we enforcing the blockade against Russia?


I must have notice of a question of that kind.

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