9. Lieut.-Colonel MALONE
asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is 209 aware of the further Note handed by the Allied representatives to the Esthonian Government on the 28th November asking for assistance to reorganise the defeated Yudenitch Army by means of troops from the German Army under Colonel Bermondt; if this request was initiated with the concurrence of His Majesty's Government; and, if not, will he take the opportunity of disassociating His Majesty's Government from these proposals?
§ Mr. CHURCHILL
I have made inquiries and am informed that no Note was handed by the Allied Representative to the Esthonian Government on the 28th November At a later date a proposal was put before the Esthonian Government to allow those Russians amongst Bermondt's force who were prepared to renounce the Germans and were considered to be loyal to the Russian cause, to join General Yudenitch's Army. The situation was one which had to be handled without incurring the delay necessarily imposed by reference to London, and, had events rendered the execution of this proposal possible, I can see no objection to it.