HC Deb 28 June 1938 vol 337 c1696
75. Captain Ramsay

asked the Prime Minister whether he has recently approached the Government of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics with a view to negotiating for the re-opening of the British consulate at Leningrad and the establishment of consulates at those Soviet ports where British trade is heaviest?

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

No, Sir.

Captain Ramsay

Are the Government proposing to take any further action, in view of the hardship of British traders having no representation at all?

Mr. Butler

In view of the attitude adopted at the time by the Soviet Government in regard to the closure of these consulates, we think that it would be useless to approach them again in this matter.