Oral Answers to Questions — Russia (Trade Delegation).

– in the House of Commons on 20th May 1931.

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Photo of Mr Carlyon Bellairs Mr Carlyon Bellairs , Maidstone

64.

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer in view of the fact that the Russian Trade Delegation is over here to conduct trade operations and three of its members and their quarters in Bush House have diplomatic immunity, whether their trading operations are exempted from Income Tax either through diplomatic immunity or by special agreement?

Photo of Mr Frederick Pethick-Lawrence Mr Frederick Pethick-Lawrence , Leicester West

Any profits derived by the Russian Trade Delegation from trade carried on by it in the United Kingdom would, under the general principles of International Law, be exempt from United Kingdom Income Tax in the same way as trading profits similarly arising to any other foreign Government.

Photo of Mr Carlyon Bellairs Mr Carlyon Bellairs , Maidstone

Is the hon. Gentleman aware of the close connection between the Russian trade delegation and Arcos carrying on trade operations? They are as close as husband and wife.