HC Deb 04 May 1925 vol 183 cc577-8
50. Sir W. DAVISON

asked the Prime Minister what number of persons repre- senting the Russian Soviet Government or any Department of the same have special diplomatic privileges in this country; whether such privileges include the admission of correspondence and other literature in sealed bags; and whether he is satisfied that these privileges are not used for the issue of propaganda hostile to this country, as was found to be the case in Germany by the President of the State Court of Leipsic at a recent trial?


The answer to the first part of the question is four; and to the second part, in the affirmative. As regards the third part, His Majesty's Government have no reason to suppose that Soviet diplomatic bags are being used for propaganda purposes.


Has the right hon. Gentleman seen the finding of the Court at Leipsic to the effect that the Russian Embassy at Berlin was a source from which money was directly distributed for Communistic propaganda?


I have answered the question on the Paper.

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