HC Deb 12 November 1931 vol 259 c269
54. Colonel WEDGWOOD

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has any information regarding the fate of the 100 persons belonging to the Ukrainian minority who were arrested by the Polish Government on political grounds at Lemberg and in the neighbouring parts of Eastern Galicia at the end of September; and whether any of the prisoners have yet been brought to trial?


According to a report from His Majesty's Charge d' Affaires at Warsaw, some 30 persons, mostly students, were arrested at Lemberg towards the end of September last, in connection with the murder of the late Monsieur Holowko and on other charges. I have no information as to whether they have yet been brought to trial.


Would it be possible for the Under-Secretary of State to make inquiries from our Minister in Warsaw as to what has happened? It was done on several occasions by his predecessor.


These arrests are not, so far as I am aware, an infringement of minorities rights under the 1919 Treaty, and, as the whole question of these minorities in the Ukraine is on the agenda of the Council, I think we should do well to leave it there at present.


Can my hon. and gallant Friend inform the House whether the committee of three is still pursuing this problem?


There is a question on the Paper relating to that matter.