16. Lieutenant-Colonel MALONE
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the Allies are now supporting the Volunteer Army under General Denikin in the south of Russia; whether this force is in favour of the restoration of the monarchy; and whether, seeing that the Don Cossacks are fighting both the Volunteer Army and the Bolsheviks in this region, he will consider the desirability, if assistance is given to any force, of supporting the Don Cossacks, who are now being estranged into Bolshevism by our action in supporting the Monarchists?
§ The UNDER-SECRETARY of STATE for FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Mr. Cecil Harmsworth)
The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative, 382 and to the second part in the negative. It is not the case that the Don Cossacks are fighting the Volunteer Army. Since the appointment of General Bogaievski, Ataman of the Don Cossacks in succession to General Krasnov, most cordial relations have been established between the Don Cossacks and the Volunteer Army, and both parties are acting in co-operation against the Bolsheviks.
Can the hon. Gentleman say when the Don Cossacks established relations with the Voluntary Army?
§ Colonel WEDGWOOD
Is that part of the question which asks whether this force is in favour of the restoration of the monarchy correct, and are we now fighting for the restoration of the monarchy. [HON. MEMBERS: "No!"] May I ask for an answer to that question. [HON. MEMBERS: "No!".]