HC Deb 12 November 1952 vol 507 c937
27. Mr. Robert Jenkins

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will make representations to the Venezuelan Government on behalf of Mr. Charles Arthur Theobald, 10, Tyrrell Road, Dulwich, S.E.22, who was imprisoned at Caracas from 17th November. 1950, until 20th January, 1951, without any charge being made against him; and if he will press the Venezuelan Government to compensate Mr. Theobald for the suffering he endured during his unjustifiable incarceration in gaol, and for the resulting deterioration in his health.

Mr. Nutting

I am considering this case and will communicate further with my hon. Friend.

Mr. Jenkins

Is my hon. Friend aware that there is a substantial urgency in this matter owing to the fact that there is a continued deterioration in the health of this man and therefore, if action is to be taken, it should be taken quickly? Further, would he give some indication when I shall receive a communication about this matter?

Mr. Nutting

I will look into this as soon as possible and communicate with my hon. Friend, but, as he knows very well, this is an extremely complicated and difficult matter.