HC Deb 18 June 1952 vol 502 cc1191-2
37. Mr. Teeling

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is aware of the recent mass deportations from towns in Roumania of nearly 500,000 people; that this is a violation of Article 3 of the Peace Treaty; and what steps he will take to ensure the fulfilment of the terms of the Treaty.

Mr. Nutting

The latest authoritative reports which my right hon. Friend has received do not indicate that mass deportations on the scale mentioned by my hon. Friend have taken place during recent months. There seems little doubt, however, that numbers of person continue to be deported from Roumanian towns, and the situation will continue to be carefully watched.

As regards the second part of the Question, my hon. Friend will be aware of the Resolution adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on 3rd November, 1950, on the observance in Roumania, Bulgaria and Hungary of human rights and fundamental freedoms. Her Majesty's Government are collecting, in accordance with paragraph 5 of this Resolution, evidence of violations of the Human Rights clause of the Roumanian Peace Treaty and this evidence will shortly be presented to the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Mr. Teeling

Does my hon. Friend realise the horror that is felt by people in this country who know the details, that they are very few because it no longer seems to be news in the Press here, and cannot he do something on the lines of refusing to have anything to do with the Roumanian legation in this country or to ask the shopkeepers and tradespeople to boycott the goods of that nation and to boycott members of the Legation?

Mr. Nutting

I would prefer not to comment upon my hon. Friend's suggestion. As regards giving the fullest publicity to these horrible acts by the Roumanian Government, I can assure him that when we present the evidence to the Secretary-General of the United Nations there will be the fullest publicity for them.