§ 26. Mr. SWAN
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty in what months were mines or minefields last laid in the Eastern Baltic; whether any orders have been or will be given to sweep the waters leading to Kronstadt so as to open a sea channel for traffic; and whether British mine-sweeping vessels are now in the Baltic which might be without delay used for this purpose?
§ Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY
If it is finally decided to allow peaceable trade with Russia, shall we give information to the Russians where these minefields are, just as we gave information to the Germans where our mines were in the Bight, in order that the mines may be swept up, and thereby remove a danger to peaceable commerce?
§ Captain WEDGWOOD BENN
Can the right hon. Gentleman say why it is not in the public interest to give the information?
§ Captain BENN
Will the right hon. Gentleman say against whom these military operations are being directed?
§ Captain BENN
The right hon. Gentleman means that this is part of the military operations against Russia.
§ 45. Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY
asked the Prime Minister whether the question of joint action to remove the submarine mines in the Eastern Baltic and Gulf of Finland has been, or will be, discussed with the representatives of the Russian Soviet Republic now in this country; and whether information will be exchanged regarding the position of Russian, German, and British minefields in those waters?
§ Mr. BONAR LAW (Leader of the House)
The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative, and to the last part that the action to be taken must depend on the issue of the negotiations.