HC Deb 22 April 1920 vol 128 cc539-40
17. Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether his Majesty's Government has sent a wireless telegraphic message to the Russian National Commissary for Foreign Affairs asking for special consideration to be shown to the remnants of the Volunteer Army in the Crimea; whether any similar appeal on behalf of the victims of the white terror in Hungary has been made; and whether an appeal has been, or will be, made to the German Government to protect the workmen in the Ruhr Valley from excesses by the Reichswehr?


With regard to the first part of the question, the information of the hon. and gallant Member for Central Hull is substantially correct. As regards the second part of the question, my right hon. Friend has already several times informed the House of the result of inquiries made in regard to the proceedings of the present Hungarian Government for the punishment of offences committed under the late Com- munist régime, and of the counsels of moderation given to the Hungarian Government. With regard to the third part of the question, the answer is in the negative. Representations have, however, recently been made to the German Government as to the desirability of giving guarantees of adequate protection on their return to the workmen who took refuge in occupied territory during the recent disturbances in the Ruhr district.

Lieut. -Commander KENWORTHY

With reference to the last part of the answer, why only recently have these representations been made, and why were they not made at the time that the Prussian troops were executing every workman they could lay hands on?

Lieut.-Colonel MALONE

Is it because all the leaders of the Communist parties have already been executed?


I do not accept the imputations of the hon. and gallant Gentleman.

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