Debts, Claims, and Counter-Claims.

Oral Answers to Questions — Russia. – in the House of Commons at on 23 November 1931.

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Photo of Sir Waldron Smithers Sir Waldron Smithers , Chislehurst

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will arrange to conclude the work of the Committee on Anglo-Soviet Debts before the end of next June in order that the position with regard to these debts may be cleared up before the conclusion of the one-year Hoover moratorium?

Photo of Mr Anthony Eden Mr Anthony Eden , Warwick and Leamington

I regret that, pending the receipt of the communication from the Soviet Government to which I referred on the 16th of November, I am unable to forecast the future course of the negotiations.

Photo of Sir Waldron Smithers Sir Waldron Smithers , Chislehurst

Is it not apparent to the Government that the Soviet has no intention whatever of settling, and how long are the Government going to allow this farce to continue?

Photo of Mr Anthony Eden Mr Anthony Eden , Warwick and Leamington

I have told my hon. Friend that we have made this representation; we must at least give an opportunity for an answer.

Photo of Sir William Davison Sir William Davison , Kensington South

May I repeat the question which I asked last Monday—when is it likely that an answer will be received?

Photo of Mr Anthony Eden Mr Anthony Eden , Warwick and Leamington

If the hon. Gentleman will put a question down for next Monday, the Foreign Secretary will, I hope, be here, and he may be in a position to answer it.