HC Deb 22 November 1920 vol 135 cc14-5
20. Sir F. HALL

asked the President of the Board of Trade if the Government have any information respecting the reported acquisition by the Vander lip syndicate from the Soviet Government of a large portion of territory in North- Eastern Siberia for development for trading and industrial purposes; if the terms of the arrangement under which Russia has undertaken, in exchange for American goods to the value of $3,000,000,000, to pay the syndicate in gold, platinum, furs, and other goods, affect the value of the trading agreement now being negotiated with the Soviet delegates in this country; and if the concession has been officially recognised by the American and Japanese Governments?


I have seen statements to this effect in the Press, and am taking steps to obtain further information on the subject.


If I repeat the question in a week's time, does the right hon. Gentleman think he can give an answer then?


I do not know how soon I shall be able to give an answer, because there are very many reports that are loose in their character and not reliable. I do not wish to place before the House and the country any information which I cannot vouch for in this matter.