§ 3. Mr. Ellis Smith
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether we have maintained the supplies that we agreed upon to Russia; can he make a statement on the problem of supplies to Russia; and whether he will give an assurance that it will be possible to increase the supplies if required?
§ Mr. Law
The answer to the first part of the question is "Yes, Sir." As my honourable Friend is aware, an agreement was recently signed in Washington between the Governments of the United States of America, the U.S.S.R. and the United Kingdom, confirming arrangements already in force for the supply to the Soviet Union of military equipment, munitions and raw materials in accordance with their needs.
§ Mr. Kirkwood
Can the hon. Gentleman say that there is no truth in the rumour which is going right through the length and breadth of Britain, in the shipbuilding and engineering industries, that we have fallen behind in our supplies to Russia during the last few months?
§ 8. Mr. Simmonds
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the quantities of munitions which this country has undertaken to supply to the Soviet Government are expressed in the numbers delivered to the quayside here or those actually unshipped in Russian ports?
§ Mr. Simmonds
Am I right in thinking from my hon. Friend's reply that we are under no formal obligation to replace those munitions which may be lost between British and Russian ports, and that those losses can in no way be regarded as a failure on our part to fulfil our obligations?