HC Deb 22 June 1927 vol 207 cc1869-70W

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether his attention has been called to the statement of the Soviet Government that, in the summer of 1925, a certain merchant, carrying a Soviet passport with the name of Steinberg, was wounded and arrested by the frontier guards while illegally crossing the Finnish frontiers, and that this individual subsequently declared that his name was Sidney George Riley, an English spy, who had been employed by Mr. Lockhart, the British representative in Russia in 1918, and who, by the sentence of a Soviet tribunal on 3rd December, 1918, was declared what is called under the Soviet law an outlaw; if he can state whether a captain named Sidney George Riley, or Reilly, was in the employ of Mr. Lockhart in 1918; whether there is any information as to whether this person attempted to enter Russia illegally in 1925; if so, whether he did so with the approval of the Foreign Office; and whether he is in a position to state his whereabouts at the present moment?


The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative, and to the second, fourth and fifth parts in the negative. I have no information regarding Mr. Reilly's alleged entry into Russia in 1925 beyond what has already appeared in the Press.

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