§ 18. Mr. Fitzroy Maclean
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will state the present strength, all ranks, of the Russian Repatriation Mission now operating in the British zone of Germany; and how many Russian citizens have been voluntarily repatriated by it during the past 12 months.
§ Mr. Bevin
The strength of the Soviet Repatriation Mission in the British zone of Germany is 21 officers and eight other ranks. In the period from 1st February, 1948, to 31st January, 1949, 103 Soviet citizens were repatriated, together with 692 inhabitants of the former Baltic States, and four Polish Ukrainians.
§ Mr. Maclean
In view of the fact that it is clear that this Mission no longer serves any useful purpose, will the right hon. Gentleman invite the Soviet Government to withdraw it?
§ Mr. Sydney Silverman
Will my right hon. Friend say that, if he did come to the conclusion that this Repatriation Mission ought to return, he would endeavour to secure its return by normal diplomatic methods, and not by making war on individuals, as was done in the U.S. zone?