Third International.

Oral Answers to Questions — Russia. – in the House of Commons on 10th June 1931.

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Photo of Mr Carlyon Bellairs Mr Carlyon Bellairs , Maidstone

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether Prime Minister Molotov and Mr. Stalin are still members of the Executive Committee of the Third International?

Mr. A. HENDERSON:

According to my information, Monsieur Molotov was not re-elected to the Executive Committee of the Third International at the 11th Plenum held in April last. Monsieur Stalin, however, still remains a member of the Presidium of the Executive Committee.

Photo of Mr Carlyon Bellairs Mr Carlyon Bellairs , Maidstone

Has the right hon. Gentleman made representations that, as Mr. Stalin is a member of the Government, he must be responsible for the actions of the Third International?

Mr. HENDERSON:

I am afraid I cannot draw that deduction from the fact I have stated.

Photo of Mr Fenner Brockway Mr Fenner Brockway , Leyton East

Is it not the case that Mr. Stalin is not a member of the Russian Government, but secretary of the Communist party in Russia?

Photo of Mr Carlyon Bellairs Mr Carlyon Bellairs , Maidstone

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that Mr. Stalin was made a member of the Government for the first time in eight years four months ago?

Sir F. HALL:

Had you not better ask the hon. Member for Leicester about it?