Bolshevist Agents.

Oral Answers to Questions — India. – in the House of Commons on 21st February 1922.

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Sir F. HALL:

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asked the Secretary of State for India what is the number of unsuccessful Bolshevist agents who are known to have been recalled from India by the Moscow Government; why these persons were allowed to carry on their propaganda in defiance of the terms of the Anglo-Russian trade agreement until voluntarily withdrawn by the Bolshevists themselves; and if he is in a position to give approximately the number of agents who are considered by the Soviet Government to be sufficiently successful to justify their retention in India?

Photo of Mr Edwin Montagu Mr Edwin Montagu , Cambridgeshire

My hon. and gallant Friend appears to base his question on the assumption that the reference which I made to Bolshevist agents in my statement last Tuesday was a reference to Bolshevist agents in India. That assumption is not correct. As regards the particulars for which he asks, I hope my hon. and gallant Friend will agree with me that to make public any specific information that we may possess on this subject would be highly inexpedient.

Sir F. HALL:

Am I to understand that my right hon. Friend does not attribute arty of the trouble at all to the Bolshevik propaganda in India?

Photo of Mr Edwin Montagu Mr Edwin Montagu , Cambridgeshire

My hon. and gallant Friend must distinguish between Bolshevik propaganda by agents in India and Bolshevik propaganda aimed at India from outside its frontiers.

Photo of Mr William Thorne Mr William Thorne , West Ham Plaistow

Does the right hon. Gentleman mean that, because a man holds extreme views in carrying out propaganda in India, he is a Bolshevik?

Photo of Mr Edwin Montagu Mr Edwin Montagu , Cambridgeshire

No, Sir; I understand that there are people holding extreme views on one side and the other side who are not Bolshevists.

Photo of Mr William Thorne Mr William Thorne , West Ham Plaistow

What is the definition of a Bolshevist?