HC Deb 07 December 1936 vol 318 cc1619-20

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is aware that Mr. Karl Robson, the Berlin correspondent of the "Morning Post," has been summarily expelled from Germany; and what is the reason for this expulsion?


I understand that Mr. Karl Robson has not technically been expelled from Germany. The German authorities state that his permit to reside in Germany as a correspondent for three years has expired, and it has not been renewed. The reason given by the German authorities for the non-renewal of his permit is that his messages have, despite repeated protests, been unfriendly to Germany over a long period.


Cannot the right hon. Gentleman make friendly representations to the German Government to avoid in future incidents of this nature?


The House will appreciate that every Government has the right to expel foreign nationals, but the opportunity has been taken to remind the competent German authorities of the criticism that would arise if this right should be exercised, especially against foreign journalists without grave cause for complaint.

Major-General Sir ALFRED KNOX

How many British journalists have been expelled from Moscow in the past?

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