HC Deb 20 February 1939 vol 344 cc16-7
29. Mr. Thurtle

asked the Prime Minister whether it is the desire of the Government, in view of its declared intention to ignore ideological differences in relation to foreign affairs, to strengthen and consolidate the existing relations with Soviet Russia; and whether he is contemplating any special steps to achieve this desire?

The Prime Minister

It is the general desire of His Majesty's Government to improve and consolidate their relations with other Governments. In this connection they are giving special attention to the possibilities of trading relations, and I am happy to announce that my right hon. Friend the Secretary to the Department of Overseas Trade will pay a visit to Moscow, among other Northern capitals, during the latter half of next month.

Mr. Thurtle

Does not the Prime Minister think that now would be a very opportune time to make some special friendly gesture to Soviet Russia?

The Prime Minister

I do not know that this is a more opportune time than any other.

Sir Nairne Stewart Sandeman

Is not Russia a totalitarian State?

Mr. Gallacher


Mr. A. Henderson

Does the Parliamentary Secretary to the Department of Overseas Trade propose to visit any other capitals besides Berlin and Moscow?

The Prime Minister

Yes, I said so.

Mr. Henderson

Which capitals?

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