§ 6. Professor Savory
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what reply he has sent to the telegram sent to him by the British subjects of Lithuanian descent on the occasion of Lithuania's. 829 Independence Day, 15th February, complaining that the Lithuanian people are still forced to live under foreign occupation and totally deprived of all those human rights in defence of which the war was fought; and whether he will inform the House that all efforts will be made at Moscow to help the Lithuanian people to recover their freedom and independence.
The telegram in question was intended to bring a resolution to the notice of my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary. It is not usual to reply to such communications.
§ Professor Savory
But is anything going to be done in Moscow? Are the Government going to accept the secret agreement made between Ribbentrop and Molotov in 1939 in accordance with which these States were annexed? Is that not inconsistent with British honour?
Without commenting on the last assertion, I have no reason to believe that this subject will occur on the Moscow agenda.
§ Mr. McGovern
Is the Minister aware of the action of Lithuanians in Lanarkshire, Scotland, who engaged in a day's fast in protest against the terrible tragedy of Lithuania under Russian domination?
§ Sir Patrick Hannon
May I ask the Minister of State if any steps will be taken to safeguard the future of the three little countries, including Lithuania, in the Baltic States which have been absorbed in recent times, and for the liberation of which this country took such risks and, paid so much after the close of the first world war? Surely, we can have some answer?
May I ask whether His Majesty's Government are satisfied with the complete lack of independence of that country, and what steps they propose to take?
§ Earl Winterton
Does the right hon. Gentleman's answer—or his lack of answer—indicate that His Majesty's Government are not prepared at any time to discuss the matter raised by my hon Friend which does to some extent concern the honour of this country?
His Majesty's Government have already made several statements to the House on this subject. If the hon. Gentleman has any precise points arising from this, perhaps he will be good enough to put down a Question.