8. Lieut.-Colonel Sir FREDERICK HALL
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the assurances given on behalf of the Russian Soviet Government as to abstention from anti-British propaganda, as a condition of the renewal of diplomatic relations, extend to the activities of the Third International and other, Communist organisations which are operated from Russia?
Mr. A. HENDERSON
I have nothing to add to the full statement on this subject which I made in the course of yesterday's debate.
Sir F. HALL
The right hon. Gentleman will understand that when I put down the question I did not know that he would deal with the matter yesterday.
§ Commander OLIVER LOCKER-LAMPSON
Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether or not secret diplomatic hags will be permitted to the Soviet diplomats?
All these questions will be matters of negotiation and will 1016 be reported completely to this House when the Treaty comes up for ratification.
§ Commander LOCKER-LAMPSON
Will the right hon. Gentleman see that they do not have more diplomatic bags than anybody else?
§ Commander BELLAIRS
Is it not the case that the relations between the Soviet Government and the Communist International are clearly established, and is it not the clear duty of the Government to get an assurance that that institution will be suppressed?
§ 47. Captain CROOKSHANK
asked the Prime Minister if he has now received the views of the Governments of the Dominions regarding the resumption of diplomatic relations with Russia; and, if so, will he lay papers on the subject?
§ Mr. PONSONBY
I have been asked to reply. As regards the first part of the hon. and gallant Member's question, I would refer him to the remarks made by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs yesterday. As regards the second part of the question the reply to his immediately preceding question as to interchange of views between His Majesty's Governments applies with equal force to the hon. and gallant Member's request for papers on the present subject.
§ Captain CROOKSHANK
I heard that statement yesterday, and may I ask whether the Government are negotiating merely on their own behalf, or on behalf of everyone of the Dominion Governments, or whether the Dominion Governments will negotiate for themselves with regard to trade and other matters?
§ Mr. PONSONBY
As I have already explained, there has been consultation between His Majesty's Government and His Majesty's Governments in the Dominions.
Sir F. HALL
Will the Cabinet undertake to publish the correspondence which has taken place with the Dominions?