HC Deb 09 July 1931 vol 254 cc2274-5
80. Commander BELLAIRS

asked the Secretary of State for War whether the 608,000 effective officers and men, given as the latest available figure for the Red Army of Soviet Russia in the League of Nations Armaments Year Book, includes the O.G.P.U. army; what is the strength of this force; and whether any later figures than 1927 are available in regard to the military forces of Soviet Russia?


The League of Nations Year Book for 1930 shows that the O.G.P.U., or troops of the Staff Political Department, are included in the Red Army. The strength of this force is not disclosed. In reply to the last part of the question, I would refer the hon. and gallant Member to my reply of 16th June to the hon. and gallant Member for Abingdon (Major Glyn).

Commander BELLAIRS

Can the right hon. Gentleman give any later figures than 1927, because we are always referred to the League of Nations Year Book?


They are the only figures I possess, and I have given all the figures that I can.


Does not this show the need of having a military attaché at Moscow?

Commander BELLAIRS

In view of the great importance of this matter, will the right hon. Gentleman take steps to find out what are the figures of the Soviet Army, either through the League of Nations or through ordinary channels?


I will do whatever I can in reason to give what information I can, but I have given the information at my disposal.

Brigadier-General Sir HENRY CROFT

Is it not a fact that 9,000,000 trained reserves have passed through this army?


I have given all the information at my disposal, and I would refer the hon. and gallant Member to the volume which I have mentioned.


Would it not be advisable for the right hon. Gentleman to get the information?