Oral Answers to Questions — Hague Conference.

– in the House of Commons on 19th June 1922.

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Mr. L'ESTRANGE MALONE:

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asked the Prime Minister whether any special representative is accompanying the British Delegation to the Hague Conference to represent the interests of the Russian bondholders and/or of British oil concessionaires; and, if so, who are the representatives?

Photo of Mr Cecil Harmsworth Mr Cecil Harmsworth , Luton

Mr Leslie Urquhart, President of the Association of British Creditors of Russia, is representing the interests of Russian bondholders. There is at present no representative of British oil concessionaires.

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

For what reason has this gentleman been chosen to go to The Hague; and is he on the official Commission of the British Government?

Photo of Mr Cecil Harmsworth Mr Cecil Harmsworth , Luton

He is particularly expert on the subject to come under discussion.

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

Did not the hon. Gentleman say that this gentleman represented, first of all, private bondholders, and should he not be there in his private capacity and not as one of the Government officials?

Photo of Mr Cecil Harmsworth Mr Cecil Harmsworth , Luton

Mr. Urquhart is not a Government official.