HC Deb 07 August 1919 vol 119 c515
2. Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he can state what further steps have been taken to bring about an exchange of private soldiers who are prisoners of war in Soviet Russia; and whether he is aware that the Soviet Government has expressed willingness to exchange these men?


The exchange of the British prisoners in Russia is still the subject of discussion with the Bolshevik Government, and certain further proposals have been received from that Government which are now under examination.

I can assure the hon. and gallant Member that no effort is being spared to secure the release, at the earliest possible moment, of all British subjects detained in Russia.

Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

Can. he inform me where the hitch is exactly, and what is the obstacle that prevents the exchange of these British soldiers?


It is a very difficult matter to conduct these negotiations, but I am not aware of any special obstruction at the present moment.

Lieut.-Colonel A. MURRAY

Can he say in what manner these negotiations are being carried out?


I think my hon. and gallant Friend knows that they are conducted by means of wireless with Moscow.

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