HC Deb 14 July 1924 vol 176 cc53-4W
Sir W. de FRECE

asked the Prime Minister what has been the actual cost to this country of the Anglo-Soviet negotiations?


The actual expenditure incurred up to the 30th June by His Majesty's Government in connection with the Anglo-Soviet negotiations is as follows:

£ s. d.
Salaries of two temporary clerks 318 10 4
Expenses on interpreter and reporter 11 13 2
£330 3 6
In addition to this sum, certain expenses have been incurred by the Government Hospitality Fund, but in accordance with the precedent set by Mr. Harcourt in reply to a question in this House on the 23rd July, 1908, I ask to be excused from making any statement as to the expenses incurred by the Government Hospitality Fund in particular cases, on the ground that national hospitality would lose half its utility and all its grace if the actual sums expended in entertaining delegates from foreign countries were to be made the subject of questions and answers in Parliament.

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