HC Deb 18 May 1931 vol 252 c1579

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will make inquiries from the Soviet Government as to where Captain George Reilly is imprisoned?


Inquiries were made early in 1929, through the Norwegian Legation in Moscow, and the Soviet authorities replied that Captain Reilly had been shot while attempting illegally to cross the frontier in September, 1925. It does not, therefore, appear that further inquiries would yield any useful results.


Is the hon. Gentleman aware that in a recent book by M. Brunovsky, who was imprisoned in Russia in 1926, it is reported that Captain Reilly was then alive and imprisoned in the same prison, a year after he had been alleged to have been shot by the Soviet Government?


No, I was not aware of that fact. If my hon. Friend will furnish me with any fresh evidence on which we could repeat the inquiries which were made at that time by our predecessors, and the results of which they considered to be conclusive at that time, I shall be glad to have it.

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