HC Deb 02 May 1932 vol 265 c790
11. Captain RAMSAY

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether any of our commercial representatives in Russia enjoy all the same privileges accorded to concerns such as Arcos here; and, if not, will the Government take steps to place the facilities and privileges on exactly the same footing for both sides?


My hon. and gallant Friend is, I think, under a misapprehension. Arcos, as a British registered company, enjoys no special privileges. If my hon. and gallant Friend has in mind the Soviet Trade Delegation in London, the position is that the head of the Delegation and his deputy are, like our Commercial Diplomatic Staff in Moscow, members of their respective Embassies, and, as such, commonly enjoy the privileges recognised by international law.


Are we to understand that our representatives in Russia are entitled to go about the country and see matters of trade in the same way as representatives of Arcos do in this country?


Our representatives in Russia enjoy the same privileges as the Russian representatives enjoy in this country.

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