HC Deb 05 June 1919 vol 116 c2178
4. Major NEWMAN

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether representatives of trade and commerce of Allied and neutral Powers are at present endeavouring to obtain trading rights and concessions from the Soviet or other systems of Governments in Russia; and is it the intention of the Allied Powers to hold all concessions granted subsequent to the outbreak of the War invalid until a settled form of government is evolved for Russia?


I am aware that reports have appeared in the Press of concessions being granted by the Soviet Government to foreign firms. The French Government have stated publicly that they will regard as invalid any concessions granted by the Soviet Government, but no general decision has been taken by the Allied Governments.


Will any decision be taken?


I have no doubt that matter is now before the Peace Conference.

Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

Have we any right to annul concessions in another country?


I must have notice of that question.