HC Deb 26 June 1919 vol 117 cc304-5
5. Colonel WEDGWOOD

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he can give any information as to a train of Bolshevist prisoners in Siberia which is reported to have left Samara when the Czecho-Slovaks were forced to evacuate that town; whether some 800 prisoners died on the journey as the result of overcrowding and other appalling conditions; whether the women prisoners were kept for the use of the officers on the convoy; whether the Foreign Office knew of these facts at the time; and whether it took any steps in. the matter?


My attention has recently been drawn to articles appearing in the Press on this question, but the Foreign Office have received no information on the subject. Inquiries are, however, being made.