HC Deb 02 April 1940 vol 359 cc23-4
43. Mr. Thorne

asked the Prime Minister what is the number of square miles of land and lakes that have been annexed by Russia from Finland under the peace settlement?

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

It is impossible to give exact figures until the frontiers have been delimited, but I understand that approximately 41,900 square kilometres of land and lakes have been ceded by Finland to the Soviet Union.

Mr. Thorne

Does that answer mean that Russia has annexed more land and lakes than the square mileage of Scotland?

Mr. Butter

I should want to verify that statement, but it is exactly the size I have described.

Mr. Thorne

Is it not larger than the square mileage of Scotland?

Mr. Hannah

Is it not extremely disgraceful?