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United States Embassy (British Tenants)

Volume 524: debated on Monday 1 March 1954

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what representations he has received from the United States Government about the security risks involved by the continued residence of 13 British tenants in a United States Embassy building in Grosvenor Square.

Has the Under-Secretary seen the charges that were made before the United States Appropriations Committee that the presence of these 13 citizens constituted a grave security problem, and is he aware that charges of treason have been made against the ex-President of the United States, that the Chief Justice-designate has been described as a security risk, and senior officers of the United States Army, including the Minister of War, have been obscenely humiliated as Communist dupes? Could my hon. Friend tell our United States friends that this sort of thing does not do their cause very much good over here?

That has nothing to do with the Question on the Order Paper. I have given the hon. Gentleman the answer that no representations of the kind suggested in his Question have been made.

Does my hon. Friend regard the introduction of United States domestic affairs into our discussions and attempts to indulge in recriminations of this kind as wholly deplorable?