Oral Answers to Questions — Azerbaijan and Georgia (British Interests).

– in the House of Commons on 30th March 1922.

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Photo of Major Sir Richard Barnett Major Sir Richard Barnett , St Pancras South West

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asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what steps are being taken to safeguard the important British interests in Azerbaijan and Georgia, in view of the fact that these Soviet Republics, though under Soviet Russian control, will not be represented at the Genoa Conference?

Mr. HARMSWORTH:

As was pointed out in a reply to the hon. and gallant Member for Central Hull (Lieut.-Commander Kenworthy) on 22nd March, the Transcaucasian Republics have declined to accept a British representative. I am unable at present to state what effective steps may eventually be possible to safeguard British interests in the Caucasus.

Photo of Major Sir Richard Barnett Major Sir Richard Barnett , St Pancras South West

Does that mean that Soviet Russia can confiscate any British property there?

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Martin Archer-Shee Lieut-Colonel Martin Archer-Shee , Finsbury

Will the hon. Gentleman say that before the Russian Soviet Government is recognised we shall receive distinct understandings that all British property is to be returned?

Mr. HARMSWORTH:

That is one of the subjects to be discussed at Genoa.