HC Deb 22 May 1946 vol 423 c299
8. Professor Savory

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether in view of the promise given by the Polish Provisional Government to His Majesty's Government that the forthcoming elections would be free and unfettered as laid down at Yalta and at Potsdam, he will point out to the Polish Provisional Government that the closing down of the offices of the Polish Peasant Party, P.S.L., on 12th May at Kielce and other places and the arrest of leading members of the party is inconsistent with the conditions on which the Polish Government was provisionally recognised.

Mr. Bevin

I am concerned about reports of these and other recent developments in Poland which indicate an increasing tendency on the part of the present Provisional Government to proceed to extreme measures likely to prejudice in advance the conditions in which elections will be held. I have the situation under constant review.

Professor Savory

Is not the right hon. Gentleman aware that this is part of an attempt to force all parties to accept one single Communist Soviet bloc thus frustrating any real election?

Mr. Kirkwood

Cannot the hon. Gentleman say it with more venom?