Genoa Conference.

Oral Answers to Questions — Russia. – in the House of Commons on 20th February 1922.

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Mr. L. MALONE:

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asked the Prime Minister the date of the Genoa Conference; whether the question of Turkey will be discussed; whether representatives of the Turkish Government will be invited to attend; and whether, as promised to Russia, Constantinople will be placed under Russian jurisdiction?

Photo of Mr David Lloyd George Mr David Lloyd George , Caernarvon District of Boroughs

The date of meeting provisionally fixed at Cannes has not so far been changed, action depending in the main upon the formation of an Italian Government. The answers to the last three parts of the question are in the negative.

Sir F. HALL:

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asked the Prime Minister what were the conditions upon which the Allied Conference decided to ask Russia to take part in the Genoa discussions; and whether these conditions have been accepted by the Soviet Government?

Photo of Mr David Lloyd George Mr David Lloyd George , Caernarvon District of Boroughs

I am circulating in the OFFICIAL REPORT the resolution of the Supreme Council at Cannes, which defined the conditions on which States were invited to the Conference at Genoa. In reply to the second part of the question, I have nothing to add to the reply I gave to the right hon. Member for South Molton (Mr. Lambert) on the 13th February.

Photo of Sir William Davison Sir William Davison , Kensington South

Having regard to the statement made by the Secretary of State for India in the recent Debate, that the present unrest in India was largely caused by Soviet propaganda, will the right hon. Gentleman state what reliance can be placed on any assurances given by the Soviet Government?

Photo of Mr John Whitley Mr John Whitley , Halifax

That does not arise here.

Photo of Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy , Kingston upon Hull Central

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asked the Lord Privy Seal whether the British representatives to the Genoa Conference have yet been chosen and, if so, what are their names; whether any explanation of the Government's proposed line of policy at Genoa will be made to Parliament; if so, when this will be; and whether this House will be given any opportunity of expressing its opinion on the problems involved at Genoa?

Mr. CHAMBERLAIN:

The answer to the first part of the question is in the negative. Further explanations of the Government policy can be sought, if desired, on the Estimates, or on the Appropriation Bill.

Photo of Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy , Kingston upon Hull Central

Does the right hon. Gentleman recollect that an opportunity for discussing the Government's policy at Washington was given to the House, with very beneficial results, and why is that course not being followed by him in regard to this equally important Conference?

Mr. CHAMBERLAIN:

I have told the hon. and gallant Member that if discussion is desired, it can be taken on the Estimates or on the Appropriation Bill.

Mr. MALONE:

Will the right hon. Gentleman say when and where the preliminary conference of experts will take place, and who are those experts?