HC Deb 16 December 1929 vol 233 cc945-6
23. Commander BELLAIRS

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs in view of the situation arising from the importation of Russian timber into this country, whether he will obtain from the French and German Governments copies of the sworn affidavits of the French and German nationals who have passed through Helsingfors from the Soviet Russian detention camps as to their being forced to cut and load lumber and as to the prison labour employed on this work?


I have no information on the statements contained in the hon. and gallant Member's question.

Commander BELLAIRS

Will the right hon. Gentleman act on the information that these nationals, both French and German, have made statements to the effect mentioned in the question to the Consuls at Helsingfors, and it is quite possible to obtain the sworn affidavits?


If the hon. and gallant Gentleman cares to see me and put up any suggestion, I will see how far it can be put into operation.