asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs why, in giving extracts from the criminal code in the White Paper, Russia (No. 1) 1931, Article 34, dealing with prison labour, is omitted; and whether he will give the terms of this article, in view of the number of persons affected and the anxiety about prison goods reaching this country?
Since the publication of the English translation of the Criminal Code in 1925, the code has been revised, and Article 34 of the revised code of 1926, which I believe is still valid, does not deal with prison labour. For the. hon. and gallant Member's information, I am circulating the text of this Article in the OFFICIAL REPORT.
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is aware that Part IV, Statistics of Wages, of the White Paper, Russia, No. 1 (1931), issued on 28th January, gives wages and wage increases only at the official value of the rouble; and whether, to allow the figures to be better understood, he will give the actual value of the rouble at the present date and the value on 1st January, 1929, or, if preferred, the average for the year 1928?
If the hon. and gallant Member is referring to the rate of exchange of the rouble, the gold parity is roubles 9.458 to the £, and the present official rate is about roubles 9.436 to the £. Particulars of the internal purchasing power of the rouble are published by the State Bank of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. These particulars consist of a number of figures, and I will, with the hon. and gallant Member's permission, circulate them in the OFFICIAL REPORT.
I have said that that must be a matter of opinion and of statistical argument. I am circulating, for the information of the hon. and gallant Gentleman and those of his friends who specialise in this subject, further details of the matter.
|Purchasing power of the Chervonetz.|
|(1913 = 10 roubles.)|
|The wholesale prices index numbers.||The retail prices index numbers.|
|* Beginning 1st October, 1929, the retail index is compiled on the basis of prices ruling in socialised trade alone.|