Armies (Frontier Concentration).

Oral Answers to Questions — Russia. – in the House of Commons on 11th May 1922.

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Photo of Major-General Sir Charles Townshend Major-General Sir Charles Townshend , The Wrekin

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asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has any official information to the effect that a group of two Russian armies are now being concentrated on the Polish frontier and another group of two Russian armies are also in process of concentration on the Rumanian border, under a project of operations, it is said, from Russian headquarters at Moscow; and whether he has any statement to make on the subject?

Photo of Viscount  Turnour Viscount Turnour , Horsham and Worthing

No official information is available respecting the reported Russian concentration on the Polish and Rumanian frontiers. There has been in increase in the number of formations in Western Russia since the beginning of the year, and the effective strength of these formations is believed to have been increased recently by the incorporation of the 1902 class.

Photo of Mr Henry Croft Mr Henry Croft , Bournemouth

In view of that answer, will the Noble Lord say whether he has considered the importance of deciding to ascertain the truth of the report that Messrs. Krupps have established works in Russia?

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

Will the Noble Lord convey to the Prime Minister at Genoa that information in order that he may bring it to the notice of the Russian delegation as a distinct breach of paragraph 6, sub-paragraph (a), of the Cannes Resolutions?

Photo of Viscount  Turnour Viscount Turnour , Horsham and Worthing

In regard to the last question, I think the hon. and gallant Member had better address it to the Leader of the House. As to the question put by the hon. Member for Bournemouth (Lieut.-Colonel Croft) the suggestion of my hon. Friend has already been brought to the notice of the Secretary of State.