18 JUNE 1927, Page 1

All sensible people will approve of the decision of the

Cabinet that passports should be refused for the six British school-children who were to be sent to Moscow for a fortnight by the Young Comrades' League of Great Britain. The idea was to let these children see how Russian schools are managed and how little Russians are brought up to be good Communists. It would have been all very well if the children had been able to discover for themselves the facts which were reported by the Commission appointed by the Soviet itself last year. Three hundred and fifty thousand children were then congregated in camps because they had no homes. The Commission pointed out that even so the number of outcast children was increasing. The Commission also stated that the number of criminal children of whom the law had had to take cognizance in Moscow amounted to 50,000. * * * *