V. I.   Lenin

Draft Decision for C.L.D. on Fowler Ploughs[1]

Written: Written October 21, 1921
Published: First published in 1933 in Lenin Miscellany XXIII. Printed from the manuscript.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, 1st English Edition, Progress Publishers, 1965, Moscow, Volume 42, page 356b.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: D. Walters
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1. Comrade Martens, Manager of the Metal Department of the S.E.C. shall be made personally responsible for fulfilment of the decisions of the C.L.D. on Fowler ploughs.

2. Comrade Martens shall be directed, within a week, to submit to the C.L.D. a written proposal containing a plan of work and concrete measures for its effective implementation.

3. The special three-man commission shall be liquidated, made to hand over all business to Comrade Martens within a week and submit a written report on its work.

4. The People’s Commissariat for Justice shall be instructed to investigate, within a week, the red tape, mis-management and wrong attitude to this business on the part of the Metal Department, also, especially, on the part of the three-man commission and other institutions.

Its report to be presented to the C.L.D.


[1] The question of manufacturing Fowler-type motor ploughs was considered repeatedly by the Council of Labour and Defence. The Metal Department of the Supreme Economic Council, which had been charged with the manufacture of these ploughs in May 1920, drew up a production plan without taking into account available metal and fuel resources. The Special Three-Man Commission set up to combine all production of ploughs did not inform the C.L.D. or the C.P.C. as to the actual state of affairs.

This draft decision was adopted at the meeting of the C.L.D. on October 21, 1921. The case of red tape was brought before the Moscow Military Tribunal, which found a number of members of the staffs of the S.E.C. and the Commissariat for Agri-culture guilty of negligence. Considering these men’s services in the matter of economic reconstruction, however, the Tribunal decided not to punish them. At the suggestion of the Moscow Military Tribunal the C.L.D. reprimanded the Presidium of the S.E.C. and the Board of the Commissariat for Agriculture for giving insufficient attention to the production of Fowler ploughs. See Lenin’s letter to P. A. Bogdanov dated December 23, 1921 (present edition, Vol. 36, pp. 556-58).

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