HC Deb 23 February 1931 vol 248 cc1739-40
35. Sir W. DAVISON

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he can now give the House particulars of the reply of the Russian Soviet Government to the representations made by His Majesty's Government with reference to the non-payment of the arbitral award to Lena Goldfields, Limited, as well as the result of any subsequent negotiations?


As my right hon. Friend informed the hon. and gallant. Member for the Isle of Wight (Captain P. Macdonald) on 4th of February, discussions with the Soviet Government are still proceeding. I can, at present, add nothing to that reply.


Cannot the hon. Gentleman say generally whether the Soviet Government admit their liability, apart from details, under the award?


All I can say, generally, is that these negotiations are proceeding rather slowly, which I regret.

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