§ 5. Mr. Kirkwood
asked the Prime Minister whether he will take immediate steps to enter into trade negotiations with Russia, with a view not only to diverting Russian trade from Germany to this country during the war, but also with a view to opening markets in Russia which will be invaluable to our export trade after the war?
§ 11. Mr. Arthur Henderson
asked the Prime Minister whether any recent negotiations have taken place with the Russian Government regarding the resumption of trade negotiations?
§ The Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (Mr. Butler)
No negotiations have recently taken place with the Russian Government about a resumption of discussions on trade questions, but the subject was raised by the Soviet Ambassador lately in a conversation with my Noble Friend the Foreign Secretary.
§ Mr. Butler
Yes, Sir, that very important aspect of the question, and other aspects, are at present having our urgent consideration.
§ Mr. Kirkwood
Can the right hon. Gentleman inform the House what impression was made on the Foreign Secretary by the Soviet negotiations?
§ Mr. Butler
I am not quite clear to which set of negotiations the hon. Member refers, but I trust that in any negotiations that may be renewed they will not create an impression which is an unfavourable one.
§ Mr. A. Henderson
In the event of negotiations being resumed, will the right hon. Gentleman make it clear that His Majesty's Government, as representing the country, will condemn the aggression of Russia against Finland?