HC Deb 10 August 1920 vol 133 cc194-5
1. Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the Russian Government has offered an amnesty to all refugees in the Crimea; and, if so, whether His Majesty's Government will advise these refugees to accept these terms in view of the great need of conserving the resources of our own Treasury and of assisting our own distressed ex-soldiers and widows instead of undertaking indefinite responsibilities for the inhabitants of the Crimea?


The answer to the first part of the question is that the Soviet Government has offered to secure the personal safety of the refugees, on condition that General Wrangel surrenders. His Majesty's Government are not in position to give advice to Russian refugees in the Crimea, with whom they are not in communication, and in respect of whom they have no financial responsibilities.

Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

Is the hon. Gentleman not aware that the First Lord of the Admiralty declares that our ships are in Crimean ports for the purpose of succouring these refugees, and intend to do so, and how is it that there is this lack of co-ordination between the Admiralty and the Foreign Office?


I am not aware of any lack of co-ordination.

Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

In view of the fact that an amnesty has been afforded, why are we going to risk a general war for the sake of these unfortunate people?

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