HC Deb 23 February 1927 vol 202 c1743
13. Sir W. DAVISON

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will inform the House of the date when he last protested to the Russian Soviet authorities with regard to breaches by them of the terms of the trade agreement; what was the nature of the protest; and what result was obtained?


On the 11th October last, in a conversation with the late M. Krassin, I protested against the Soviet propaganda throughout the British Empire, and during an interview with the present Russian Chargé d'Affaires, on the 14th instant, I again referred, with some emphasis, to the same subject. I regret to say that I have not noticed, as a result of these protests, any diminution in the hostility openly shown to the British Empire by the Soviet authorities.


In view of the recent very serious events in China, is my right hon. Friend aware of the serious loss of prestige which Great Britain has suffered in having an agreement specially dealing with this matter, the terms of which are not enforced?


Is the Foreign Secretary aware that there is a great deal of feeling in the whole country on this matter, and on the general matter of the trade agreement?