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Polish Repatriation Camp, Ayrshire (Soviet Citizens)

Volume 440: debated on Wednesday 23 July 1947

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs why the appeals since January of 133 Soviet citizens now in Polish Repatriation Camp No. 75, at Stewarton, Ayrshire, to be sent home have hitherto led to no action; and why their request to see a Soviet Consul has been refused.

There are at present 144 Soviet citizens in Polish Repatriation Camp No. 75 at Stewarton who are due to leave for Russia on 29th July; all these men have seen the Soviet Consul in order to obtain their Soviet visas.

May I ask my right hon. Friend whether the remaining 550-odd Soviet citizens in camps in this country who have asked to be repatriated, will be repatriated in the near future?

When it is established that they have asked for it, I can do it, but there is a tremendous conflict about it. The Soviet sometimes tell me that people have written, and the people have said that they have not written, and so I have asked that, if a person writes from the camp, the Soviet should give me a copy of the letter, so that I can confront the person with that letter

Would not the Foreign Secretary consider making an exchange between these people and the Russian-born wives of British citizens?