Mr Cecil Harmsworth: The question of publishing the Reports which we have received from Russia with regard to the affects of the Bolshevist régime is under consideration.
Mr Cecil Harmsworth: Reports have been received from Mr. Bruce Lockhart and certain other Consular representatives of this country who were formerly in Russia. The question of their publication in still under consideration.
Mr Cecil Harmsworth: Albania, not having been a belligerent, and no formally constituted Government for the whole country having been recognised, the question of official Albanian representation at the Peace Conference could not arise. Committees of the Conference on territorial questions have, however, been given discretionary powers to hear any interested parties representing disputed territories, and there is...
Mr Cecil Harmsworth: I would ask my Noble Friend to give me notice of any further question on the subject.
Mr Cecil Harmsworth: I will consider the compilation of such a Return; it will, however, be necessary to refer for full data to other Departments as my Department is only responsible for the permanent officials on its own delegation, and for certain temporary officials engaged for the Conference: not for the naval and military officers and permanent officials from other Departments.
Mr Cecil Harmsworth: No, Sir, I am not aware of that, and I think it is highly improbable.
Mr Cecil Harmsworth: No committee, official or otherwise, was appointed to receive the ex-Kaiser on his arrival in Holland, and Lady Susan Townley was not, therefore, a member of any such committee.
Mr Cecil Harmsworth: It is not a fact that Lady Susan Townley was a member of any committee—
Mr Cecil Harmsworth: The facts of the case are that Lady Susan Townley happened to be motoring in the neighbourhood—
Mr Cecil Harmsworth: —and happened to be one of the spectators who witnessed his arrival. She was not in any sense a member of any reception committee.
Mr Cecil Harmsworth: I do not understand that to be a fact.
Mr Cecil Harmsworth: Disputes arising on these matters would appear to be susceptible of reference to the Permanent Court of International Justice the establishment of which is contemplated in the draft covenant of the League of Nations.
Mr Cecil Harmsworth: I recognise the importance of this question and am making inquiries as to whether it is to be considered at the Peace Conference.
Mr Cecil Harmsworth: My attention has been drawn to the matter referred to by my hon. Friend. The Government is giving careful attention to the question of commercial propaganda in South America and other countries.
Mr Cecil Harmsworth: Under a King's Regulation, issued at the beginning of last November, all enemy leasehold properties in British Concessions in China were vested in the Custodian of Enemy Property, who was instructed at the beginning of December to proceed with their sale. As regards the German subjects mentioned, arrangements are being made for their repatriation, and it is hoped that this will take place...
Mr Cecil Harmsworth: I must ask for notice of that question.
Mr Cecil Harmsworth: As questions concerning Abyssinia may, in connection with other African problems, occupy the attention of the Peace Conference, I regret that I am unable to make any statement on the subject.
Mr Cecil Harmsworth: The answer to the first and second parts of this question is in the negative. As regards the third part of the question, authority for the issue of the loan was given before the first meeting of the Duma by Imperial Ukase on 4th April, 1906. The Ukase directed that it should be negotiated by the Russian Minister of Finance with Russian and foreign bankers. So far as His Majesty's Government...
Mr Cecil Harmsworth: Sir Henry Macmahon is in receipt of his full pension from the Government of India. His period of service as High Commissioner in Egypt, amounting to two years and thirteen days, did not entitle him to a further pension under the Diplomatic and Consular Vote. Since his retirement from that position, His Majesty's Government have not been able to offer him suitable employment.
Mr Cecil Harmsworth: The point raised by the hon. Member will be borne in mind by the British delegates at the Peace Conference.