Mr. A. T. DAVIES
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Department of Overseas Trade whether British firms are now at liberty to make contracts for the supply of goods for Russia; whether licences are necessary for the shipment of such goods; whether the Department advises such contracts to be made with M. Krassin forthwith; whether any returns of such contracts recently made are known to the Department; and the general conditions under which these arrangements have been made?
§ Mr. KELLAWAY
The question of the resumption of trade with Russia and the 1771W conditions applicable to such trade is now under discussion between the Permanent Committee of the Supreme Economic Council, which represents the principal Allied Governments, and the Russian Trade Delegation now in this country. Pending the results of this discussion, I do not think it desirable to make any statement on the various points raised in the question.