§ 3. Major Earl WINTERTON
asked why passports are being issued to Bolshevist Russia, in view of the fact that the British Fleet has been bombarding Bolshevist forts?
§ Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY
Before the hon. and gallant Gentleman answers this question, may I ask if any applications for passports to serve against the Bolshevists have been received at the Foreign Office from any hon. and gallant Members of this House?
I am not aware of any case in which a passport has been granted for parts of Russia under Bolshevist rule.
Are we to understand that the hon. and gallant Member for East Leyton went to Russia without any passport?
I expected a question like that. The facts are as follows: A passport was issued to the hon. Member to Esthonia. What happened after that we have no knowledge.
Is there not the same objection to British subjects having relations or conducting negotiations with the Bolsheviks as applied during the War to British subjects negotiating or having communications with our enemies in Germany?
The Debate in the House of Commons last evening gave some indication of the feeling of the House.
§ Mr. BILLING
Is it proposed, having regard to what has occurred, to take any action in the matter, seeing that the hon. Member was fraternising with the enemies of this country?
Will the hon. and gallant Gentleman (Colonel Guest) ask the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he remembers our conference on the 2nd September on this matter?
§ Mr. SPEAKER
We are here to hear questions and replies from Ministers, and not personal altercations.