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Soviet Jewry

Volume 80: debated on Tuesday 11 June 1985

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asked the Prime Minister whether she will make a statement on her meeting arranged for 12 June with the delegates to the conference of parliamentary spouses for Soviet Jewry; and what action she hopes will ensue to assist Soviet Jews who wish to emigrate to Israel.

My meeting with the delegates to this conference will provide an opportunity to reiterate the Government's commitment to the cause of human rights and individual freedoms and to express our concern about the many Soviet Jews who have applied to emigrate and who are not allowed to do so. These and other matters touching on human rights in the Soviet Union are regularly raised by British Ministers with Soviet representatives. We shall ensure that the subject continues to figure on the East-West agenda until the Soviet Union lives up to its international commitments in this important area.