21. Mr. ALLEN
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether, in view of the frequent arrests of foreign nationals in Soviet Russia for alleged political, civil, and criminal offences, he will undertake to secure from the Soviet Government arrangements whereby British consular officials shall have free access to judicial proceedings in which British subjects are concerned, and to prisons and police premises in which British subjects are incarcerated; and whether he will secure further an undertaking from the Soviet Government that the arrest of a British subject anywhere within the Soviet Union shall be immediately notified to the British Embassy?
Mr. A. HENDERSON
I am making inquiries as to the procedure actually followed in the Soviet Union in the matter to which the hon. Member refers. Pending the receipt of this information, I propose not to take further action.