Oral Answers to Questions — Russia (Compulsory Labour).

– in the House of Commons on 30th July 1931.

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Photo of Major-General Sir Alfred Knox Major-General Sir Alfred Knox , Wycombe

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether his attention has been drawn to a petition addressed to the Secretary-General of the League of Nations by Russian refugee organisations throughout the world asking for an inquiry into the question of compulsory labour in Soviet Russia; and whether he will support this petition?

Photo of Sir Charles Edwards Sir Charles Edwards , Bedwellty

My right hon. Friend has seen a reference in the Press to a letter addressed to the Secretary-General on this subject. As regards the second part of the question, the House is already aware that, in the opinion of my right hon. Friend, it is undesirable that the League of Nations should be associated with any inquiry such as that suggested in the territory of a non-member State, except at the request of that State.