HC Deb 29 July 1919 vol 118 cc1909-10
37. Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

asked the Secretary of State for War whether recent events in North Russia, and in particular the mutiny of loyal Russians at Onega, will affect British policy in this area; whether he has any information of the alleged luke warmness of the majority of the native inhabitants towards the Allies and of their readiness to treat with their fellow Russians to the south; and whether he will consider accepting the offer of an armistice made by the Soviet Government in order that an amnesty may be arranged for the native inhabitants and our troops withdrawn without further loss of life and treasure?

Captain GUEST

I think the hon. and gallant Member will have a better opportunity of raising this question in the course of Debate this evening.

55. Major GLYN

asked the Prime Minister whether the Government will now reconsider their previous decision and publish an official statement of the situation in Russia and the policy of the British Government, provided that actual military operations are not compromised; whether the information contained in messages from Press correspondents is by itself apt to be misleading and certain to cause great anxiety to anyone having relatives in Russia; and whether any advantage can result from a policy that denies the people of this country having any authentic, official, and up-to-date information, and permits the agitators to spread wilfully misleading reports in regard to British and (Gorman policy and activity in Russia?


As regards the first part of the question, I think my hon. and gallant Friend should await the statement by the Government during Debate to-day. As regard's the second and third parts of the question, the Government will take such steps as are possible to disseminate reliable information in regard to the true condition of affairs in Russia.