Soviet Offices, London.

Oral Answers to Questions — Russia. – in the House of Commons on 15th March 1922.

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Photo of Mr Rupert Gwynne Mr Rupert Gwynne , Eastbourne

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asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware that the Soviet Republic of Russia have established a headquarter office at 43 to 47, Moorgate Street, in the City of London; whether he can state for what purposes this headquarters has been set up; whether the many occupants have intentions other than that of trading under the agreement of 1921; and whether he will cause full inquiries and a report to be made and so allay the growing feeling of disquiet on this matter?

Photo of Sir John Norton-Griffiths Sir John Norton-Griffiths , Wandsworth Central

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asked the Lord Privy Seal whether the British Government have received any information with regard to the purchase by the Soviet Government of extensive offices in Moorgate Street for the sum of £350,000; if so, for what purposes these offices have been acquired; and is it or is it not to be the official Soviet headquarters where British investors can apply for information regarding pre-War investments?

Mr. CHAMBERLAIN (Leader of the House):

I understand that these premises have been acquired for the use of the Russian Trade Delegates who have been admitted to this country for the purpose of facilitating trade with Russia. The acquisition of office premises is not inconsistent with the objects or conditions of their admission, and on the information at present before me, I see no reason for any action by His Majesty's Government.

Photo of Sir John Norton-Griffiths Sir John Norton-Griffiths , Wandsworth Central

Will my right hon. Friend kindly give me a reply to the latter part of my question?

Mr. CHAMBERLAIN:

I do not know what is the extent of the business to be done by these people, or the extent of these offices. I would refer the hon. and gallant Member to the office itself.

Photo of Mr Frederick Banbury Mr Frederick Banbury , City of London

May I ask my right hon. Friend whether he considers that there is any chance of the doctrines of the Soviet Republic being accepted in the most enlightened constituency in the country?

Photo of Mr John Whitley Mr John Whitley , Halifax

The right hon. Gentleman can better answer that question himself.