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Volume 981: debated on Tuesday 18 March 1980

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asked the Lord Privy Seal if he will make a statement on recent arrests and expulsions of British and Commonwealth citizens in Czechoslovakia; what representation he has made to the Czechoslovak authorities regarding these; and whether the Czechoslovak authorities have breached the Helsinki Agreement in these matters.

We are aware of two recent incidents. One Canadian citizen and one British student were questioned by the Czechoslovak police and instructed to leave Czechoslovakia. There has been no requirement to make representations. The student has not so far provided information to indicate whether or not the actions of the Czechoslovak authorities were in accordance with the Helsinki Final Act.