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Volume 245: debated on Monday 24 November 1930

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will ask the British Ambassador to make inquiries concerning certain decrees of the Soviet Government giving detailed instructions for the manufacture and dumping of a large number of commodities?

On a point of Order. Before the right hon. Gentleman answers that question, I should like to ask you, Sir, whether you yourself are satisfied that the serious allegations contained in the question can be substantiated?

It is not for me to decide whether statements in questions can be substantiated.

Is there not a Regulation—Regulation No.2—governing questions, that the questioner makes himself responsible for the accuracy of his statements?

I have already asked His Majesty's Ambassador for a report on this matter.

Will the right hon. Gentleman undertake, so far as decrees in relation to which he gets information from our Ambassador are concerned, to make such information available to this House?

Had not the right hon. Gentleman better await the report of the inquiries?

Cannot the right hon. Gentleman give information in connection with the question I asked him last week?

I am not going to give information until I have seen the report myself.

On a point of Order. May I put down a question to the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs asking if he will ask the British Ambassadors to make inquiries from Germany and other countries—