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Russian-Born Wives

Volume 440: debated on Wednesday 23 July 1947

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what is the present position of the discussions that have been taking place between His Majesty's Government and the Government of the U.S.S.R. in regard to the refusal of the latter Government to permit the Russian-born wives of British subjects to leave the U.S.S.R.


asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what further action he proposes to take in the matter of the 15 Russian-born wives of British subjects who are still detained by the Soviet authorities.

His Majesty's Ambassador at Moscow has now written a letter to Mr. Vishinsky to inquire how the matter stands.

Is the right hon. Gentleman prepared to publish as a White Paper the correspondence with the Soviet Union concerning this matter over the last six months?

I beg to give notice, in view of the unprecedented action of the Russian Government—unprecedented in a country having treaty relationship with another country—that on behalf of a number of hon. Members I shall raise the matter on the Adjournment for the Summer Recess, if I am successful in catching your eye, Mr. Speaker.