§ 7. Sir A. KNOX
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is aware that the Third International of Moscow is at present carrying on seditious propaganda among the armed forces of the Crown; what information is in the possession of his Department on this matter; and what action is it proposed to take?
§ The FINANCIAL SECRETARY to the WAR OFFICE (Mr. Duff Cooper)
I have been asked to reply. The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. With regard to the second part, it would not be in the public interest to publish such information as is available. With regard to the third part action can only be taken when there is sufficient evidence to show that a breach of the law has taken place.
§ Sir A. KNOX
Is it not the case that the learned Attorney-General said the other day that these documents are in daily circulation among the troops in this country; and surely the Foreign Office at any rate ought to take action towards the Government of Russia without whose connivance the Comintern could not exist for a day?
§ Mr. COOPER
As the Attorney-General explained at the time, it is hoped that the Bill which he is at present piloting through Committee will 1326 enable the authorities to deal more effectively with people who are guilty of this offence.
§ Sir A. KNOX
Would it not be more to the point to attack this ulcer at its source and to attack the Comintern which is spreading this propaganda?