§ Mr. SWAN
asked the Secretary of State for War whether his attention has been 905W called to an open letter sent out by the central bureau of the Committee for National Defence in the Far East, at Omsk, stating that the intervention of the Allies in the internal affairs of Russia humiliates their patriotic feelings, violates their national rights of property, and disorganises Russian finance; and whether, in view of the feeling of even anti-Bolshevik Russians towards our intervention, he will immediately recall the British Military Mission from Siberia?
§ Mr. CHURCHILL
The answer to the first part of the question is in the negative. Nothing is known at the War Office regarding the committee referred to. Regarding the last part of the question, the retention of a small Military Mission in Siberia is consistent with the policy of the Allied and Associated Powers and the suggestion that the moral support which its presence gives is not welcomed by the Omsk Government and the majority of the Siberian people is without foundation.