V. I.   Lenin



Published: First published in Pravda No. 17, January 21, 1925. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1976], Moscow, Volume 35, page 525.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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October 13, 1921

Comrade Gorbunov,

Please get a decision, after the necessary agreement with the Chairman of the Narrow Council of People’s Commissars (and clearing the matter with the secretaries), that the system for summoning rapporteurs (both to the Full and the Narrow Council of People’s Commissars) should be altered.

At present those who have to report get a general summons to the meeting and wait for hours.

This is outrageous and barbarous.

You must see to it that they are told to come at one particular time.

Provided there is a double check by telephone, whether rapporteurs are needed, and which; provided there is a correct distribution of the agenda of the given meeting (business requiring rapporteurs, business not requiring them), we can and must see to it that rapporteurs do not wait more than 15 minutes.

Please, work out such a system without delay, considering it carefully, and let me have a decision on the subject, adopted by the Narrow Council of People’s Commissars.

V. Ulyanov (Lenin)
Chairman, Council of People’s Commissars


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