HC Deb 06 March 1919 vol 113 cc584-5
7. Colonel WEDGWOOD

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether his attention has been called to the manifesto of the social revolutionary party and the Menshivik party of the Russian people protesting against foreign armed intervention in Russia; whether this manifesto opens the door to consultation with Russians representing these groups with a view to a peaceful settlement of the Russian problem; and what action His Majesty's Government propose to take in view of the manifesto?


On 11th February a Bolshevik official wireless message reported what purported to be a resolution passed at a conference of the social revolutionary party in Moscow, and which was to the effect that Russia could only be restored by her own forces independent of any foreign pressure.

On 15th February a second Bolshevik official wireless message announced that several prominent members of the above-mentioned party had been arrested and imprisoned at Moscow owing to the discovery of their "subterranean enterprises; against the power of the Soviets."

His Majesty's Government do not propose to take any action in the sense indicated by my hon. and gallant Friend.


Has the hon. Gentleman, seen the manifesto of the Menshivik party as well as that of the social revolutionary party, and have the manifestoes any signatories behind them?


Perhaps my hon. and gallant Friend will give me notice of that.


Is it a fact that you have not seen these manifestoes; and has the Foreign Office no cognisance of these manifestoes, which were published in the "Manchester Guardian" and all the French Press?


I must ask for notice.

Lieutenant-Colonel Sir S. HOARE

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the leader of the party to which the hon. and gallant Gentleman refers is a German named Cederblaum?




These matters are better settled in the Lobby.