§ 56. Captain CROOKSHANK
asked the President of the Board of Trade if the Government have sanctioned the export from this country of the tanks which have been ordered by the Russian Government?
§ The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of TRADE (Mr. William Graham)
Yes, Sir. A licence for the export of 20 12-ton tanks, 20 6-ton tanks and 20 Carden-Loyd light armoured vehicles to Russia, consigned to the Soviet Government, was issued on the 21st March last.
§ Captain CROOKSHANK
How does the right hon. Gentleman reconcile the fact that these tanks have to be paid for in cash while the Russian Government require credit for ordinary manufactured articles?
§ Mr. GRAHAM
I do not think that any problem of that kind arises. The duty of the Board of Trade is to give this licence. Were it not given this order would be lost to a British firm.
§ Mr. CHURCHILL
Are the Labour Government definitely adopting the position of making profits by the sale of armaments to countries which may be involved in war with their neighbours?
§ Mr. GRAHAM
The right hon. Gentleman is under a complete misapprehension. This is a licence granted by the Board of Trade to an order executed by a private firm.
§ Mr. KIRKWOOD
Arising out of the question put by the right hon. Member for Epping (Mr. Churchill), I would like to ask how much profit he Made out of supplying the White Army—Wrangle and Company.