Communist Propaganda.

Oral Answers to Questions — India. – in the House of Commons on 5th October 1931.

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Photo of Mr Carlyon Bellairs Mr Carlyon Bellairs , Maidstone

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asked the Secretary of State for India whether any breach of the undertaking that Soviet Russia and the Third International shall abstain from propaganda has been reported from India since diplomatic recognition was accorded; and whether such Communist propaganda has been the subject of any official observations in India by officials or judges?

Photo of Mr Samuel Hoare Mr Samuel Hoare , Chelsea

The Government of India have from time to time drawn attention to instances of Communist propaganda, and such action as has been found possible has been taken through the diplomatic channel. As regards the second part of the question, the Government of India have not brought any such observations to my notice.

Photo of Mr Carlyon Bellairs Mr Carlyon Bellairs , Maidstone

In view of these representations and our own experience, is the Government of India prepared to tell the Government of Russia, through the Foreign Office, that our patience is becoming exhausted and that we will take appropriate action?

Photo of Mr Samuel Hoare Mr Samuel Hoare , Chelsea

I have already called the attention of the Foreign Office to cases of this kind when they have arisen.

Lieut. - Colonel Sir FREDERICK HALL:

What steps actually have been taken?

Photo of Mr Samuel Hoare Mr Samuel Hoare , Chelsea

My hon. and gallant Friend had better put that question on the Paper.

Photo of Sir Waldron Smithers Sir Waldron Smithers , Chislehurst

Is this propaganda in breach of the covenant entered into with the late Foreign Secretary, I think in October, 1928?

Photo of Mr Samuel Hoare Mr Samuel Hoare , Chelsea

That question had better be addressed to the Foreign Sectary. My own answer would be "Yes."