HC Deb 04 March 1929 vol 226 cc19-20
39. Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is aware that submarine mines and moorings have been ordered in this country, with the permission of His Majesty's Government, for the Russian Government for the protection of the Russian sea fisheries; if he has ascertained where it is proposed that these mines will be laid; whether they will be in waters visited by British trawlers; and whether the Royal Norwegian Government has been requested to protect British interests in this matter?

The UNDER-SECRETARY of STATE for FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Mr. Godfrey Locker-Lampson)

I am aware that negotiations in connection with an order for submarine mines have been in progress between the Soviet Government and a British firm. I understand, however, that no such order has been definitely given. I have no information in regard to the points raised in the second and third parts of the hon. and gallant Member's question. The last part of the question does not arise.

Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

Will the right hon. Gentleman be good enough to inquire, through the Royal Norwegian Government, where it is proposed to lay these mines; and is he aware that if they are not ordered here, they will probably be got from Germany and we may have a British trawler blown up?


I will make inquiries.

Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

Will the right hon. Gentleman let me know about this matter?




What purpose do these mines serve in peace time?


I understand that they are going to be used for the protection of their fishing industry.


What other nation protects its fishing industry in peace time with mines?


Is it not the fact that the explosion of a mine destroys a large number of fish?


If the Russian Government is so untrustworthy, what security is there that these mines will be employed for this and no other purpose?