Military Service Convention: (Great Britain and Russia).

Oral Answers to Questions — Egypt. – in the House of Commons on 6th July 1922.

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Photo of Colonel Sir Arthur Holbrook Colonel Sir Arthur Holbrook , Basingstoke

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asked the Prime Minister whether, seeing that the military service convention between this country and M. Tereschenko, purporting to act in the name of the Russian Government, was never ratified by the Russian Duma, he will say whether any British residents in Russia and Russian subjects in this country were called up for service under the convention; and whether any Russian subjects who declined to recognise M. Tereschenko's authority and did not join up for service are now being arrested, sentenced to terms of imprisonment, and deported by stipendary magistrates without any regard to length of residence or character borne in this country?

Photo of Mr Robert Sanders Mr Robert Sanders , Bridgwater

I have been asked to reply. The answer to the first part of my hon. and gallant Friend's question is in the affirmative. The Agreement did not require ratification. I have no information as to the last part of the question: no action is now being taken by the military authorities against Russians who did not join up for military service.