HC Deb 08 October 1924 vol 177 c566W

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the General Treaty with the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was signed exactly in the form set forth in Cmd. 2215; and, if not, what alterations were made in the text before signature?


The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative and the second part therefore does not arise. Since signature a small textual error in Article 8 has been corrected by agreement with the Soviet delegation. This correction appears in Cmd. 2260.


asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has any information how much money was lodged in British banks by the late Czarist Government at the date of its downfall; how much of this money remains and in whose name it is entered; and whether the Government has taken any steps to attach such sum until a settlement with the Soviet Government?


As regards the first two parts of the question, I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister to the hon. Baronet the Member for the Erdington Division (Sir A. Steel-Maitland) on the 7th July last. By Article X of the Russian Trade Agreement of 16th March, 1921, the Russian Soviet Government undertook to make no claim to dispose in any way of the funds or other property of the late Imperial and Provisional Russian Governments in the United Kingdom pending a general Treaty.