HC Deb 29 October 1947 vol 443 cc857-8
28. Mr. Blackburn

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether in view of the agreement reached during the war for the abolition of the Comintern he has received any official notification from the Government of the U.S.S.R. with relation to the formation of the Cominform.

Mr. Bevin

No, Sir. The announced dissolution of the Comintern was the act of those who comprised it. With reference to the latter part of the Question, obviously we have had no notification.

Mr. Blackburn

Is the Foreign Secretary aware that the Deputy Prime Minister of the Soviet Union signed the official Cominform manifesto describing the Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary as traitors; and whether it is not clear that this is the reconstitution of the Comintern in an aggravated form with advance headquarters in Belgrade and rear headouarters in Moscow?

Mr. Bevin

I should be very surprised if they ever describe me as anything else.