§ 34. Major Sir BERTRAM FALLE
asked the Lord Privy Seal if the Russian Government claim the right to forbid fishing within 12 miles of the Russian coast; and if some of His Majesty's ships have been sent to protect British interests along the Murmansk and other coasts, and if the ships so sent are sufficiently strong to deal with any recalcitrant Russian vessel or vessels?
I would refer my hon. and gallant Friend to the answer given by the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs to the hon. and gallant Member for Central Hull on the 22nd March. As regards the second part of the question, H.M.S. "Harebell" is at present on service in Murmansk waters, and is considered capable of carrying out the duties for which she was sent—namely, the protection of British fishing vessels and interests.
§ Sir B. FALLE
Has not this ship been sent to these waters to maintain international law? Is she strong enough to resist attempts on the part of the Soviet?
I am advised that she is capable of carrying out the duties for which she has been sent.
§ Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that she is quite a slow sloop, steaming only 15 knots? Cannot a faster and stronger vessel be sent?
§ Lieut.-Colonel ARCHER-SHEE
Have not the Russian Soviet Government two torpedo boat destroyers in these waters, both stronger than the British ship?