Oral Answers to Questions — Russia (Labour Conditions).

– in the House of Commons on 20th January 1931.

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Photo of Mr Carlyon Bellairs Mr Carlyon Bellairs , Maidstone

43.

asked the Prime Minister whether he proposes to give a day to debate the White Paper on labour conditions in Soviet Russia?

Photo of Mr Ramsay Macdonald Mr Ramsay Macdonald , Seaham

I must remind hon. Members that the demands on the time of the House between now and Easter are likely to preclude the granting of special time for the discussion of any but essential subjects; and in any event it would be premature to consider this suggestion before the White Paper, which is being prepared as rapidly as possible, is available.

Photo of Mr Carlyon Bellairs Mr Carlyon Bellairs , Maidstone

Can the Prime Minister give us any indication as to when the White Paper will appear, and also as to what the nature and scope of its contents are going to be, in order that the Opposition may make suggestions for the improvement of the White Paper?

Photo of Mr Ramsay Macdonald Mr Ramsay Macdonald , Seaham

I am sorry that I could not disclose, even if I knew, what the contents of the White Paper are or are likely to be, but I am informed that it is hoped that the Paper will be ready in about a week's time.

Photo of Sir Waldron Smithers Sir Waldron Smithers , Chislehurst

Is it the policy of His Majesty's Government to continue to encourage the dumping into this country—

HON. MEMBERS:

Order!