Famine Relief.

Oral Answers to Questions — Russia. – in the House of Commons on 2nd March 1922.

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Photo of Lord Henry Cavendish-Bentinck Lord Henry Cavendish-Bentinck , Nottingham South

38.

asked the Prime Minister whether the Government has reconsidered its decision to refuse relief to the sufferers from famine in Russia?

Photo of Mr George Barnes Mr George Barnes , Glasgow Gorbals

25.

asked the Prime Minister if he has received the resolutions, among others, unanimously adopted by the Glasgow City Council and the Glasgow Trade Council, urging the Government to grant relief to the non-Bolshevist Russian people stricken by famine; has his attention been called to the statements made by Sir Benjamin Robertson and Dr. Nansen to the effect that money is required for seed for next harvest which cannot be procured in time by voluntary agency; and whether, having regard to the urgency of the matter, he can now reconsider the whole question with a view to making a grant, and thereby possibly stimulate other Governments to do likewise, so as to help in averting even a greater calamity next year?

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

I regret that it has not yet been possible to come to a final decision in this matter. Perhaps my hon. Friends will repeat their questions on Monday next, when I hope to be in a position to reply to them.

Photo of Colonel Josiah Wedgwood Colonel Josiah Wedgwood , Newcastle-under-Lyme

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that every week's delay means thousands more deaths?

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

I am painfully aware of that, and the terrible condition of things.

Colonel LAMBERT WARD:

Is the responsible authority in Russia in a position to give guarantees that the relief will not reach the Russian Soviet army, which, we have just heard, consists of 1,200,000 men?

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

As a matter of fact, we have just received a report from a very distinguished Indian officer, who went there for the Red Cross, and he said there is no doubt at all that such relief entering there does go straight to the sufferers.

Photo of Lord Robert Cecil Lord Robert Cecil , Hitchin

Is that report not confirmed by everyone who has been out there, and seen the actual work of relief?

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

That, I believe, is the report brought to us from the American Government. They have distributed very considerable sums in relief, and there is no doubt that it goes straight to the sufferers.