HC Deb 14 July 1920 vol 131 c2420W
Major GLYN

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department what action His Majesty's Government was proposing to take relative to the purchase of property by a British concern from the original and rightful owners in the Baltic provinces, having regard to the fact that the Latvian and Esthonian Governments refused to recognise the transaction as lawful, and had themselves confiscated the properties or passed such laws as to render the sales null and void without their sanction?


I presume that my hon. and gallant Friend refers to the suggested purchase of certain timber estates in Latvia and Esthonia by a British concern. According to reports received from His Majesty's representatives in those states, it is understood that the sale of such property is prohibited by law without special permit which these Governments are not disposed to grant. As at present advised, His Majesty's Government do not propose to take further action in the matter.