HC Deb 04 November 1919 vol 120 cc1288-9
3. Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he is aware that a British subject, Mr. W. T. Goode, correspondent for the "Manchester Guardian," was recently imprisoned by the Esthonian authorities on his return from Moscow; what were the circumstances of the arrest; why Mr. Goode was afterwards detained for several days aboard a British man-of-war; and why Mr. Goode was afterwards set at liberty?


The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. As regards the second part of the question, Mr. Goode was arrested by the Esthonian authorities as he had come direct from the Bolshevists, with whom the Provisional Government of Esthonia is at war. As regards the third and fourth parts, he was subsequently detained on board one of His Majesty's ships by the orders of the Senior Naval Officer in the Baltic, whilst reference was made for instructions from home, on the receipt of which Mr. Goode was at once enabled to return to this country.

Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

Has Mr. Goode received any formal explanation or apology?


I am not sure that any apology is needed.


Can the hon. Gentleman say whether Mr. Goode has been examined as to his knowledge of the whereabouts of Mr. Keeley, and his connection with Mr. Keeley's arrest?


Perhaps the hon. Gentleman will give notice of that question.