asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the statements recently made by Dr. Nansen as to the conditions obtaining among the Russion people owing to the famine, the Government have given further consideration to this question, with a view to more substantial help being given?
I would refer to the answer given by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister on Thursday last to a question by the hon. and gallant Member for Central Hull (Lieut.-Commander Kenworthy), to which I can add nothing.
May I ask the Government to reconsider their decision in this matter, and inquire whether really it is consistent either with the honour or the interest of England—[HON. MEMBERS: "Order!"]
Has the attention of the right hon. Gentleman been directed to the remarks made by the Archbishop of Canterbury the other day on this subject, and will the Government—[HON. MEMBERS "Order, order!"]
Might I ask my right hon. Friend whether his attention has been called to the report of an interview with Sir Benjamin Robinson, in which he has expressed his opinion and views on the matter, and has the Government any reason to doubt the terrible facts that are there disclosed?
Does not the loan by this country of £2,000,000 to our former enemy Austria, where the conditions are not half so serious as in Russia, justify us in making some provision for the starving people of Russia?
I am not. quite certain, Mr. Speaker, how many of the questions have been allowed by you, because I do not want to answer questions which have been disallowed. Personally, I have not read the observations of Sir Benjamin Robinson or the Archbishop. With respect to the question just put to me by the right hon. Gentleman, the fact that we are lending money to Austria to prevent the total collapse of a country so important to the economic and financial business of Central and Eastern Europe—