Hague Conference.

Oral Answers to Questions — Post Office. – in the House of Commons on 4th July 1922.

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Lieut.-Colonel MURRAY:

45.

asked the Prime Minister what were, the instructions given to the British delegates at the Hague Conference with regard to the question of loans or credits for Russia?

Photo of Mr David Lloyd George Mr David Lloyd George , Caernarvon District of Boroughs

The British Delegates are instructed to examine as experts the question whether the conditions necessary for the opening of private credits for Russia can be satisfied, and to report, and, given satisfactory conditions, to make recommendations to the Government as to the application to Russia of the measures for the furtherance of trade with Government assistance outlined in the Memorandum to the Russian Delegation at Genoa dated 3rd May (Command 1667).

Photo of Mr William Ormsby-Gore Mr William Ormsby-Gore , Stafford

47.

asked the Prime Minister how long the British representatives are likely to be further detained at The Hague over the examination of the Russian problem; and whether the Russian plenipotentiaries at The Hague have yet made any advance upon the position taken up by the Russian delegates at Genoa?

Photo of Mr David Lloyd George Mr David Lloyd George , Caernarvon District of Boroughs

The first meeting between the Russian experts and the non-Russian experts took place on the 27th June, and it is too soon for me to make any observations upon the attitude of the former. The duration of the discussions at The Hague must necessarily depend upon the course of further negotiations.