HC Deb 16 March 1922 vol 151 cc2349-50
49. Mr. MILLS

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs who is the British representative in Moscow; how many staff are employed; and what are their duties?


The British representative in Moscow is Mr. R. N. Hodgson of the Commercial Diplomatic Service. He is assisted by seven officers, of whom one is in charge of passport, visa and similar matters, assistance to distressed British subjects, repatriation and questions of the kind which are dealt with by consular officers in the ordinary course of their duties. A second performs the ordinary duties falling upon a commercial secretary in the Commercial Diplomatic Service, and the other five act as assistants to the head of the Commercial Mission, and to these senior officials. There are, in addition, five persons in charge of clerical duties.


Is it a fact that the gentleman appointed at the head of this Mission was in close touch, as chief of staff, with General Denikin?


Notice should be given of that question.