Oral Answers to Questions — Great Britain and Russia (Scientific Missions).

– in the House of Commons on 21st January 1942.

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Photo of Mr Thomas Harvey Mr Thomas Harvey , Combined English Universities

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether, during the time he was in Moscow, he was able to carry any further the discussions which had previously taken place with the Soviet Government about the desirability of an exchange of scientific missions between the two countries; and whether the practical difficulties in putting the scheme into effect have now been disposed of?

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

No, Sir. The position has not changed since the matter was discussed with the Soviet Government, and it was agreed that for practical reasons the proposed exchange of scientific missions between the two countries should be postponed.

Photo of Mr Thomas Harvey Mr Thomas Harvey , Combined English Universities

May I take it that the matter is still under consideration for appropriate action when a suitable time arises?

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

Yes, Sir, certainly; as far as we are concerned, we shall be glad to arrange it, but Soviet scientists are too busy at present.