HC Deb 19 February 1947 vol 433 cc1150-1
20. Lieut.-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether it is proposed to continue British recognition of the Polish Provisional Government, in view of their proceedings in their general election.

The Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (Mr. Ernest Bevin)

I do not think any useful purpose would be served by withdrawing recognition which would sever our contact with Poland.

Sir T. Mcore

Since the Polish Provisional Government have apparently got away with this monstrous travesty of a free election, what is the next step that His Majesty's Government propose to take in the matter?

Mr. Bevin

To carry on the process of conversion.

Professor Savory

Have not the existing Polish Government done everything possible to forfeit recognition? They have carried through this election, as the right hon. Gentleman knows. by fraud, violence and murder.

Mr. Gallacher

Nearly as bad as Northern Ireland.