§ 15 and 16. Major-General Sir ALFRED KNOX
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (1) if his attention has been drawn to the telegram sent to the workers of Shanghai from Moscow by the Profintern, Red International of Trade Unions, whose officials are appointed by the Soviet Government, admonishing them that victory is incomplete while a single foreign soldier remains on foreign soil; and what action he proposes to take in view of his recent Note to the Russian Government;
(2) if his attention has been drawn to an appeal issued by the Communist International, whose officials are appointed by the Soviet Government, to the workers of the world, particularly to the oppressed Colonial peoples, to use all possible means to impede the transport of fresh troops and munitions to China by civilised barbarians, headed by English and American robbers, who have just killed thousands of Chinese workers at Nanking; and what action, in view of his recent Note to the Russian Government, he proposes to take?
§ Sir A. CHAMBERLAIN
Appeals of this kind form part of the ordinary programme of the Third International, and recent events in China have provided them and the Profintern with a fresh opportunity of misleading the opinion of the world by these entirely false statements. In answer to the last part of both of the hon. and gallant Gentlemen's questions, I would refer to my reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Barnstaple (Sir B. Peto) on Monday last.
§ Sir A. KNOX
Can the right hon. Gentleman state whether in the history of this country there has ever been a Government which has been so insulted by any foreign Government as this present Conservative Government has been by the Soviet Government?
§ Colonel WEDGWOOD
Before that question is answered, may I ask the right hon. Gentleman whether he has formed any opinion as to what action the hon. Member for Wycombe (Sir A Knox) would have him take?
§ Colonel GRETTON
May I ask whether my right hon. Friend regards such action as unfriendly towards this country?
§ Sir A. CHAMBERLAIN
I have already expressed the views of His Majesty's Government in language which,. I think, is plain, dignified and definite.
§ Mr. EVERARD
Does not the right hon. Gentleman think he might learn something from the way the Pekin Government dealt with this matter?
§ Mr. WALLHEAD
Will the right hon. Gentleman express an opinion upon the action of the Diplomatic Corps, reported in the Press, in ordering an invasion of the Russian Embassy in Pekin?