asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, in order to enable the House to judge of the identity between the Government in Soviet Russia, the Political Bureau of the Communist Party, and the Executive Committee of the Third International in relation to propagandist activities, whether he will state what Members of the Government hold positions in the two latter bodies?
The names are all given in the rather long answer which I am suggesting should be circulated. It would take some time to read. There are certain names no both. The question is a little complicated, and I think it would be better to leave it there. If the hon. Member is not satisfied, he can put down another question.
I have only been asked to give the names on both bodies. If the hon. Member wants to know the percentage of names on both, perhaps, having read the answer, he will put down another question.
Certain members of the Political Bureau of the Russian Communist Party are members of the Council of People's Commissars of the Soviet Union, to which I presume the hon. Members refer in their inquiry respecting the Soviet Government. Other members of the Political Bureau, though not members of the Council of People's Commissars, hold positions in other organs of the Soviet Government. So far as can be ascertained from the latest officially notified appointments, the following members and substitute member of the Political Bureau are either members of the Council of People's Commissars or hold positions in organs of the Soviet Government (other than the Central Executive Committee), as set forth below:
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign affairs whether his attention has been called to the instructions recently published in "Izvestia," the official organ of the Soviet Government, of the Comintern to its sections in London, Paris, and other European capitals, requesting them to establish fresh bases among British and French soldiers, sailors, and workers in munition factories, to unmask the British and French General Staffs, and to persuade such soldiers and others that the British and French Governments are engaged in a conspiracy to make war on Russia; and whether he is taking any action in the matter?
Reports appeared in the Soviet Press in December last outlining certain resolutions adopted by the Executive Committee of the Red International of Trade Unions, commonly called the Profintern. It is probably to these reports that the right hon. Gentleman refers. The matter is being carefully watched.
I was prepared to reply without the assistance of the right hon. and gallant Gentleman. Had he not risen, I was about to rise myself. We are carefully watching the matter, and, if any action should result, we shall naturally consider whether we on our side should take any action. At present no action has taken place. All we are confronted with are certain verbose and somewhat ridiculous resolutions passed by this body.
The question of the relation of the Soviet Government to the Profintern has not so often been raised as that of the Comintern and other organisations within the Soviet Union. I think my right hon. Friend made a reply on the subject of the Profintern some little while ago, but we have only once previously had this point raised in the House in connection with that body. Perhaps I might leave it there for the moment with the assurance that we are watching any possible developments.