HC Deb 23 April 1923 vol 163 cc55-6W

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will state approximately the value of the trade which has been carried on between this country and Russia while the Russian Trade Commission has been established in London?

Lieut.-Colonel BUCKLEY

The values of the import and export trade of the United Kingdom with Russia during the period from 1st April, 1921, to 31st December, 1922, inclusive, were as follows: Imports consigned from Russia, £10,626,000; exports consigned to Russia, £8,044,000, made up of United Kingdom produce and manufactures, £5,810,000 and

with those in other selected industries, in relation to the number of persons engaged in the respective occupations, would be a difficult undertaking; and I doubt whether the available figures will bear so close an analysis. I have no statistics relating to the failures of landowners:

foreign and Colonial merchandise £2,234,000. Similar particulars for the quarter ended 31st March, 1923, are not yet available.

Lieut.-Colonel SPENDER CLAY

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the Russian Trade Delegation has diplomatic status in this country; how many British subjects are members of the Delegation; and whether they are employed as commercial or political agents?


In answer to the first part of the question I refer the hon. and gallant Member to the reply given on 18th April to the hon. Member for Southwark (Mr. Gilbert). A number of British subjects are employed by the Russian Trade Delegation as servants or clerks, but no members of the Delegation itself are of British nationality.

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