Oral Answers to Questions — Siberia and Saghalien.

– in the House of Commons on 9th March 1922.

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

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asked the Lord President of the Council whether the question of the continued occupation of the northern part of the island of Saghalien, the port of Vladivostok, and the maritime province of Siberia by the Japanese was discussed at Washington; if not, can he give the reasons; and whether his attention has been called to the support being given by Japanese naval and military forces to the counter-revolutionary generals and their bands of soldiers in Vladivostok and the maritime province?

Photo of Mr Cecil Harmsworth Mr Cecil Harmsworth , Luton

The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. The second part does not, therefore, arise. It is well known that Vladivostok and the surrounding zone are in the occupation of Japanese forces. My information is that M. Merkuloff, the head of the Vladivostok Government, has complained that he does not receive support from the Japanese.

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

Are His Majesty's Government satisfied with the assurance of the Japanese that they are going to withdraw these forces?

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

With regard to the northern part of Saghalien, has it not come to practical annexation without any justification?