HC Deb 22 August 1945 vol 413 cc589-90
15. Mr. Cocks

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will consider sending a Parliamentary delegation to Greece to report on the political and economic situation.

Mr. Bevin

I am anxious to interfere as little as possible with the conduct of Greek affairs. While therefore I would not attempt to place any obstacle in the way of Members of the House proceeding to Greece, I think it better to postpone any decision on this question until after the Regent's visit to this country, during which I have no doubt he would agree to meet Members of the House.

Mr. Cocks

In view of the reports of monstrous intimidation going on in Greece at the present time—much worse than those in Bulgaria, about which the Foreign Office are so sensitive—is it not better to get fair and impartial reports—[Hon. Members: "Speech"]—I am trying to get an answer to a question?

Mr. Bevin

I do not accept this talk of intimidation. These charges are constantly being made, but they are not in accordance with the reports I receive both from impartial people and our own representative.

Mr. Sydney Silverman

Will my right hon. Friend explain what are the differences between the sources of information which have led him to one conclusion in Bulgaria and the sources of information which have led him to another conclusion in Greece?

Mr. Speaker

I would point out that this Question deals only with a Parliamentary delegation.