§ 46. Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY
asked the Prime Minister if there is anything to prevent Germany trading with Soviet Russia as soon as Peace is signed; 1154 if not, how are we to insure a fair chance for British merchants and manufacturers in Soviet Russia if the Germans are allowed to capture the markets; and, in any case, how can indirect trade between Russia and Germany through Poland be prevented?
Overland trade between Germany and Soviet Russia will have to pass through States which are at present engaged in hostilities against Soviet Russia; the second part of the question does not, therefore, arise as regards overland trade. I do not anticipate that sea-borne trade between Germany and Soviet Russia will assume large dimensions for a considerable time to come. As regards the third part of the question, indirect trade between Russia and Germany through Poland seems to me most improbable in present circumstances.
§ Lieut. - Commander KENWORTHY
What steps are being taken to safeguard our interests in this matter, to which question I have not had a reply?