HC Deb 02 July 1930 vol 240 cc1934-5

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will direct the attention of those in charge of the machinery set up by the Government to inquire into Soviet propaganda in this country to the display in London in April and May of the film "Mother," by the Russian Communist Pudovkin, in view of the revolutionary nature of this film and the fact that it forms part of a newly organised system of Russian propaganda?


I would refer the hon. and gallant Member to the reply given to the hon. Member for East Lewisham (Sir A. Pownall) on Monday last, to which I have nothing to add.


Yes, but is the right hon. Gentleman not aware that that reply stated that he had nothing to do with the licensing of films for display in this country, which is not the question that was asked? The question asked whether he was going to raise the whole problem of films before the Propaganda Inquiry Committee or not.


I think that was covered in the answer that I was not going to take action.


Is my right hon. Friend aware that this film deals entirely with conditions in Russia in the year 1905 and depicts the odious character of the Tsarist tyranny of that day, and has he any objection to it?

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