HC Deb 28 January 1931 vol 247 cc944-5

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether any of the questions which were outstanding between the Government of the Union of Socialist Soviet Republics and the Government of Great Britain at the time when diplomatic relations were resumed have yet been settled; and, if so, what are they and what are the terms of settlement?


Of the questions set out in the Protocol of the 3rd of October, 1929, as being due for settlement on the resumption of relations, two have formed the subject of agreements which have been concluded between the two Governments, namely, trade relations and fisheries. For the terms of these agreements, I would refer the hon. and gallant Member to Command Papers Nos. 3552 and 3583 of 1930. As the House has already been informed, claims and debts are now under discussion by the joint committee sitting in London. As regards the application of previous treaties and conventions, negotiations are proceeding. The attitude of the two Governments towards the unratified treaties of 1924 has been discussed in connection with the negotiation of the agreements to which I have already referred.


Can my right hon. Friend state what progress was made in the settlement of British claims against the defaulting States of the United States of America under the last Tory Administration?


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that he has never yet informed the House whether, when the pledges were exchanged, the Soviet Ambassador informed him that he did not accept the interpretation put upon the pledges by His Majesty's Government?


I may not have informed the House to the satisfaction of the hon. Member, but I have given the House information.

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