France and Russia.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce. – in the House of Commons on 11th December 1931.

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Photo of Lieut-Colonel Sir Assheton Pownall Lieut-Colonel Sir Assheton Pownall , Lewisham East

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asked the Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department if he can give any information as to the negotiations for reciprocal trading arrangements between France and Russia?

Photo of Mr John Colville Mr John Colville , Midlothian and Peeblesshire Northern

References to these negotiations have appeared in the Press, but I have no official information of the progress, if any, which has been made.

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Sir Assheton Pownall Lieut-Colonel Sir Assheton Pownall , Lewisham East

Will the hon. and gallant Gentleman make inquiries?

Photo of Mr John Colville Mr John Colville , Midlothian and Peeblesshire Northern

I have asked for a report on the subject.

Photo of Sir William Davison Sir William Davison , Kensington South

Has the attention of the Overseas Secretary been called to the report of the British Chambers of Commerce to the effect that export credits to Russia should be reviewed, and does he not think, in view of that fact, that the question of export credits should be reviewed?

Photo of Mr John Colville Mr John Colville , Midlothian and Peeblesshire Northern

I am fully aware of the report mentioned, and the whole matter is under consideration.

Photo of Mr William Lunn Mr William Lunn , Rothwell

Have the powers of this House been transferred to the Association of the Chambers of Commerce?

Photo of Mr John Colville Mr John Colville , Midlothian and Peeblesshire Northern

No, Sir, the responsibility rests with the Government.

Photo of Mr George Buchanan Mr George Buchanan , Glasgow Gorbals

Does the hon. and gallant Gentleman not think that it is time this dictation by the Chambers of Commerce was stopped?

Photo of Mr John Colville Mr John Colville , Midlothian and Peeblesshire Northern

There is no question of dictation whatever.