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Russian-Born Wives

Volume 439: debated on Monday 23 June 1947

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is in a position to make any further statement on the subject of the Russian wives of British subjects who are still detained in the U.S.S.R.

No. But the hon. Member may rest assured that the question is not being forgotten.

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he has considered a letter from Mr. Edward G. Kenward, 165, Yeading Lane, Hayes, Middlesex with regard to his Russian wife who lives 400 miles from Moscow, in Vologda; whether he is aware that though he writes regularly every week she has received none of his letters; and if he will give fresh instructions to His Majesty's representative in U.S.S.R. to make inquiries as to the reason and how soon she may be able to rejoin her husband in England.

Yes. Mr. Kenward wrote to me about his wife's position on 29th May and again on 16th June. I am aware of the difficulties which he is experiencing in communicating with his wife and have asked His Majesty's Ambassador at Moscow to consider whether any action can be taken to help her. The question of Mrs. Kenward rejoining her husband is being considered with that of the other Soviet-born wives who are trying to obtain permission to come to this country.