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British Embassy, Prague (Secretary, Withdrawal)

Volume 476: debated on Wednesday 28 June 1950

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will make a further statement in connection with the Czechoslovak Government's request for the withdrawal of a secretary from His Majesty's Embassy at Prague.

Yes. As the House was informed on 19th June, His Majesty's Government take a serious view of the Czechoslovak Government's request for Mr. McLaughlin's withdrawal. They are satisfied that the Czechoslovak charges are unfounded and that they have indeed been deliberately fabricated with the object of impugning the character of His Majesty's Embassy. A Note has accordingly today been addressed in this sense to the Czechoslovak Embassy, which has been requested, as a mark of His Majesty's Government's dissatisfaction with the conduct of the Czechoslovak Government, to arrange for the withdrawal within 14 days of M. Skoumal, Special Attaché at the Embassy.