HC Deb 18 February 1924 vol 169 c1294

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has any information regarding the reported arrest of representatives of British firms by the Soviet State Political Department at Tiflis; whether any of the persons so arrested are British subjects and what action is being taken by His Majesty's Government?


The Imperial Ottoman Bank have informed me that their Tiflis representative, who is a Turkish citizen, has been arrested by the local State Political Department. The British Chargé d'Affaires at Moscow has been instructed to make inquiries and, if he is satisfied that the facts reported are correct, to endeavour to secure the release of the bank's representative. No other such arrests have been brought to my notice.

Lieut. - Commander KENWORTHY

Will the, right hon. Gentleman consider the advisability of sending a Consul-General to Tiflis to look after the interests of British subjects?