Oral Answers to Questions — Finland (British Subjects).

– in the House of Commons at on 18 April 1935.

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Photo of Mr George Hartland Mr George Hartland , Norwich


asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether his attention has been drawn to recent action by the Finland Government reducing facilities for residence in that country to British subjects of long residence there, thus in many cases rendering their positions precarious if not impossible; and what action he proposes to take in such circumstances, especially in

(a) Includes value of machinery for two Destroyers.
(b) Two Destroyers for which the machinery is to be made on the Tyne
(c) Includes Newcastle and Sheffield, for which the machinery is to be made at Barrow
(d) Includes values of machinery for Newcastle and Sheffield.

In addition, orders for ships' main machinery for dockyard built ships, etc., have been placed as follows: 1933–1935—Clyde, £700,000; Tyne, £775,000.

As it is contrary to practice to divulge contract prices of particular ships, I regret that the values of the orders placed in 1933 with Barrow, in 1934 with Belfast, and in 1935 with Barrow, cannot be furnished.

view of the fact that Britain is a great supporter of Finnish trade and suffers under a very unfavourable balance of trade with that country?

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

The action of the Finnish Government has been reported to my right hon. Friend, who is instructing His Majesty's Chargé d' Affaires at Helsingfors to approach the Finnish Government in regard to the matter, and to urge that British subjects resident in Finland should receive treatment similar to that accorded to Finnish subjects resident in this country.