Written: Written on February 2, 1921
Published: First published in part on January 16, 1957 in the newspaper Sovelskaya Rossiya No. 13. Published in full in 1959 in Lenin Miscellany XXXVI. Printed from a typewritten copy.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, pages 81b-82a.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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About the reports by the People’s Commissars, you (the Narrow Council) should, pay particular attention to the execution of the most important decisions.
The burning question today is flats in Moscow. Appoint check-ups, with reports in the Narrow Council twice a week: how many houses, flats, rooms have been given (you will recall that 10 houses have to be given).
Also check up on the allocation.
The population of Moscow is being inflated by the growing staffs. This should be verified; perhaps, we should adopt a decision.
A People’s Commissariat increasing the number of its staffs without the permission of the Narrow Council should be subjected to various penalties (prohibition to increase even by one person).
Draw up a list of the People’s Commissariats which are to reduce the number of their staffs weekly (People’s Commissariat for Defence, the Supreme Economic Council, the People’s Commissariat for Railways and certain others). The rest may increase their staffs only with the permission of the Narrow Council.
 On February 1, 1921, the C.P.C. adopted a decision authorising the Narrow C.P.C. to verify execution by People’s Commissariats of decisions and assignments from the C.L.D. and the C.P.C., bringing to the notice of the C.P.C. the question of execution of decisions having fundamental importance.