HC Deb 16 March 1922 vol 151 c2350
asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs the names of the gentlemen appointed to carry out the provisions of the Russian Trading Agreement; what has been the extent of their work; and how many provinces, if any, have been visited by them?
This question ought to have been taken with others, as it contains a certain amount of repetition, for which I apologise. If I rightly understand the hon. Member to refer to Clause 5 of the Trade Agreement, the answer is that the names of the official agents sent to Moscow by His Majesty's Government are as follow:
- Mr. R. M. Hodgson, C.M.G.
- Mr. William Peters.
- Mr. H. M. Grove.
- Mr. Hugh Ledward.
- Mr. P. Leigh Smith.
- Major Charles Dunlop.
- Mr. O. T. Rayner.
It is impossible to give an adequate idea of their work—which is of a very varied nature—within the limits of an answer to a Parliamentary question. The disorganisation of transport services in Russia would render extensive travelling by members of the Mission difficult, and for this reason the only two provinces visited up to the present, so far as I know, are Petrograd and Kharkoff.
In view of the disorganised state of the vast continent of Russia, is the hon. Gentleman satisfied with the attempted researches of this delegation?
As far as we are able to make them—certainly!