On August 14, 1923, Winston Churchill was temporarily out of the House of Commons after his defeat in the 1922 election. Earlier that month he had accepted an offer from Royal Dutch Shell and the Burmah Oil Company to lobby the government to support their merger with the Anglo-Persian Oil Company. That day he went to 10 Downing Street, entering by the Treasury entrance in order to avoid notice, for an interview with Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin. This was their first meeting since Baldwin had become prime minister in May of the year. They discussed the merger, which Baldwin was found to favor, as well as other issues including the Ruhr occupation, the American debt and reparations, the Admiralty and the air, and more generally politics. That night Churchill met with his friend Admiral Roger Keyes and had a long talk about the World War.