HC Deb 25 July 1938 vol 338 c2679
4. Major-General Sir Alfred Knox

asked the Prime Minister whether he can now state the result of his inquiries into the treatment of the crew of the British steamer "Therese Moller" by the Soviet authorities in Sakhalin, and particularly whether this steamer, driven ashore in October, was prevented by the local authorities from leaving, its propeller being removed; whether the crew were supplied with scanty rations in spite of a large sum of money having been paid by the owner; and what action he proposes to take?

The Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (Mr. Butler)

As a result of the consideration which I promised to give to the suggestion of my hon. and gallant Friend on 13th July, His Majesty's Consul-General at Shanghai has been requested to furnish a report on this matter.

Sir A. Knox

Will the hon. Member circulate the report when it is received?

Mr. Butler

Yes, as soon as I receive it, but it will take some time.

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