HC Deb 15 July 1919 vol 118 c185
17. Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

asked the Secretary of State for War what post Lieut.-General Sir Hubert Gough, K.C.B., holds in the Eastern Baltic and what are his functions there; whether a British' officer has been appointed Governor of Riga; if so, what force, apart from the Royal Navy, is available to support his rule; and whether these two officers are under the direction of the Foreign Office or the War Office?

The SECRETARY of STATE for WAR (Mr. Churchill)

Lieut.-General Sir Hubert Gough is Chief of the British Military Mission to Finland and the Baltic States. This Mission was sent out in consequence of the agreement arrived at with the other principal Allied and Associated Powers (the United States of America, France, and Italy), that the execution of Allied military policy shall be under British control. General Gough is responsible for carrying out the Allied policy decided on.

A British officer belonging to General Gough's Mission has been appointed temporarily as Military Governor at Riga. He is acting in co-operation with the Lettish Civil Governor, and being advised by the Chief British Commissioner to the Baltic States. This is a temporary arrangement to carry on the administration of the city and maintain order during the withdrawal of the Germans. The local forces of the Lettish Government are available to support this rule. General Gough and all the officers of his Mission are under the War Office.