HC Deb 17 November 1919 vol 121 cc603-4

asked the Prime Minister whether any negotiations have taken place between any representative of the Allied and associated governments, directly or indirectly, with the German Government with a view to joint action against the Russian Bolsheviks; whether at any time any agreement was arrived at; whether German troops have in fact co-operated against the Bolsheviks; and whether, in consequence of that co-operation, supplies were allowed to pass from Germany to Von der Goltz's army?


By paragraph 12 of the Armistice, certain German troops then in the Baltic States were to remain as a defence against the Bolsheviks until the local Baltic armies had been enabled to organise themselves. As regards the third part of the question, German troops co-operated with the local forces in driving out the Bolsheviks from Riga in the spring. The answer to the fourth part is in the affirmative. It is, however, now no longer the case that supplies are allowed to pass from Germany to the German troops in the Baltic States, and, as I informed the hon. and gallant Member for Central Hull on 13th November, a number of strongly-worded Notes have been addressed by the Supreme Council to the German Government, demanding the immediate withdrawal of all German forces.

Lieut. - Commander KENWORTHY

Has the policy of co-operating with the Germans against our former Russian Allies been abandoned?


asked the Prime Minister whether an agreement was made at Riga on or about 28th August between the Esthonians, Letts, Lithuanians, Poles and Colonel Bermondt for a joint attack upon the Bolsheviks; and whether the protocol embodying that agreement was signed by General March on behalf of the British Government?


This point will, I understand, be raised in Debate this afternoon, and it is, I think, preferable that it should be dealt with then.