HC Deb 09 October 1946 vol 427 cc176-7
21. Mr. George Thomas

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs why the British Press was not represented in Warsaw at the anniversary celebrations of the national liberation.

Mr. McNeil

This is not a matter over which my right hon. Friend has any power.

Mr. Thomas

Since the Press attache at Warsaw is connected with this matter, does the Minister not agree that that section of our representation comes within the purview of his office?

Mr. McNeil

I am not very clear what my hon. Friend means. The Press attache at Warsaw was present. The only British Press correspondent of whom I have any knowledge was also present. The matter of invitation would be, so far as it was exclusive, a matter for the municipality of Warsaw. As I understand it, the celebration was quite public and forward notice had been given, but it would not rest with the British Embassy or any member of that Embassy to issue invitations.