HC Deb 19 December 1945 vol 417 c1475W
Mr. Molson

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what arrangements were come to under the tripartite agreements with Persia, whereby the Russians are now enabled to sink wells or prospect for oil in that zone of Persia which they are at present occupying.

Mr. Noel-Baker

I assume that the hon. Member is referring to the Treaty signed on 29th January, 1942, by the Governments of Iran, the Soviet Union and the United Kingdom. There is no provision in that Treaty which gives the signatory governments the right to sink oil wells or to prospect for oil in Iran.