HC Deb 12 April 1920 vol 127 cc1370-1
27. Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

asked the Prime Minister what progress has been made with the negotiations for peace between the Government of Poland and the Soviet Government of Russia; and whether His Majesty's Government is represented at these negotiations?

Mr. BONAR LAW (Leader of the House)

According to the latest information which has reached me, the place and date of the proposed negotiations have not been finally agreed upon by the Polish and Soviet Governments. The answer to the second part of the hon. and gallant Member's question is in the negative.

Lieut. - Commander KENWORTHY

Will the Government be represented when the negotiations take place?


The answer is in the negative.


Is the Government bringing any pressure to bear on the Polish Government to have the negotiations at some place suitable for the Soviet Government?


It has been stated on many occasions in answer to questions that the making of peace between neighbouring countries is a question to be decided between themselves.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that pressure may be put upon Poland by some of the Allies not to make peace, and will Great Britain take steps to counterbalance any such action?


I do not think it is right to assume there will be any such pressure. At any rate, the Government are not prepared to accept the responsibility of giving advice on such a matter.

Lieut.-Colonel MALONE

Are not the negotiations between these countries subject to the supervision of the League of Nations?