HC Deb 21 January 1948 vol 446 c187
31. Mr. Piratin

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will make a statement on the nature of the document known as the "M" Plan; what is the wording of the document; where that document is now; and what was its source.

Mr. McNeil

The text of the document known as the "M" Plan has now been released to the Press. I have nothing further to add except that His Majesty's Government believe this document to be genuine.

Mr. Piratin

Would the Minister say— because this is a very important matter—whether he has authentic grounds for saying that he believes it is genuine, and whether he or some important member of his Department has actually seen the original document? Also, has he any recollection of the Zinoviev letter which brought down the Labour Government in 1924—perpetrated by the Opposition?

Mr. McNeil

I naturally would not make any assertion to the House of Commons without making such examination as lies within my power. I doubt if I have as close a knowledge of the Zinoviev letter as my hon. Friend.