HC Deb 16 June 1927 vol 207 c1180
64. Sir F. HALL

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the incident recently disclosed by Sir Robert Hodgson in which Louise Koch, a maid servant of the British Mission at Moscow, was threatened at the Soviet Commissariat for Foreign Affairs with life imprisonment unless she acted as informer on the British Chargé d Affaires, was reported to the Foreign Office so soon as the facts were known; and whether any representations on the subject were made to the Soviet authorities at the time?


The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. As regards the second part, His Majesty's Charge d' Affaires made at the time, and on several later occasions, such representations to the Soviet authorities as were possible without jeopardising the safety of Louise Koch so long as she remained in Soviet territory.