asked the Minister of Information whether he has any statement to make about the leakage of information in respect of the Prime Minister's visit to Moscow and in respect of the publication in this country on 17th August of the fact that he had left Moscow by aeroplane that day; and why several differing versions of the Prime Minister's farewell message to Mr. Stalin were published in this country?
No, Sir. I have no knowledge of any leakage. The message about the Prime Minister's departure from Moscow on 17th August was released from Russia by the Censors on the spot, and its publication in this country was merely a consequence of that release. The Prime Minister's farewell message to Premier Stalin was issued in Russia and in the Russian language. The differing English versions were due to the different translations made by the news agencies who carried the message.