Hague Conference.

Oral Answers to Questions — Government Departments. – in the House of Commons on 17th July 1922.

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

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asked the Prime Minister whether he can say anything with regard to the Russian Conference at The Hague: and when the Director of Overseas Trade and the Financial Secretary to the Treasury will return to their duties in this country?

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

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asked the Prime Minister what action is proposed to be taken by His Majesty's Government, in view of the course of events at The Hague Conference; and when the next Conference is expected to be held?

Photo of Sir Harry Brittain Sir Harry Brittain , Acton

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asked the Prime Minister whether he is in a position to make any announcement as to the progress of the Conference at The Hague?

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

The deadlock at The Hague continues, and unless it be dissipated at the eleventh hour, the British Delegation is expected to return towards the end of this week. Until I have been able to consult with the Parliamentary Secretary of the Department of Overseas Trade (Sir P. Lloyd-Greame) and the Financial Secretary to the Treasury (Mr. Hilton Young), I cannot make any fuller statement regarding the proceedings at The Hague Conference.

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

Arising out of the last part of my question, can the right hon. Gentleman say when the next Conference is expected to be held? [HON. MEMBERS: "Answer!"] Is the right hon. Gentleman prepared to treat this question seriously?

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

I am treating it quite seriously. The answer is that I can give no answer until I have seen the two hon. Members who are at present at The Hague, because they have of all to present their Report first.

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

In that case, are the Government immediately taking steps to work out some fresh policy which will lead to a revival of trade between this country and Russia?