HC Deb 01 December 1930 vol 245 cc1780-1
28 and 30. Commander BELLAIRS

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (1) whether, in the White Paper on Labour Conditions in Russia, he proposes to include Circular 87 of the All-Union Commissariat of Labour of 4th March, 1930, for the raising of conscript labour gangs from collective farms for timber cutting and the regulations of the Soviet Commissariat of Labour, published in Ivestia of 5th November, 1930; (2) whether, in the proposed White Paper on Labour Conditions in Russia, he proposes to include the order of 20th October, 1930, with regard to the compulsory transfer of skilled labour to any district and any class of work, to which reference made in the official journal, Industrial and Labour Information, published by the League of Nations on 10th November, 1930?


I am in communication with His Majesty's Ambassador at Moscow on the subject of this circular, in connection with the preparation of the White Paper.

38. Sir K. WOOD

asked the Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department whether he has now been able to make arrangements so that the House can from time to time be informed of the labour and industrial conditions in Soviet Russia?


I am awaiting a report from our Embassy in Moscow on the subject of the organisation of foreign trade. If, on receipt of that report, I find that the points referred to by the right hon Member are not covered, I am prepared to call for an additional report based on available published information.


Is not my hon. Friend aware that there are millions of wage earners in Russia working not more than five days a week?

Commander BELLAIRS

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that no information ever appears in the "Labour Gazette" or the "Board of Trade Journal" concerning Russia?


No, Sir; I am not aware of that fact.

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