HC Deb 26 October 1953 vol 518 cc2423-4
25. Mr. Mott-Radclyffe

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has now been informed, through the International Red Cross, that 600 Greek children, kidnapped by the Communists during the civil war, are to be returned to their parents from Hungary; and what proportion this represents of the total number of Greek kidnapped children originally taken to Hungary.

Mr. Nutting

No, Sir. I understand that Press reports that 600 Greek children were to be returned from Hungary have been corrected by the Greek authorities as referring to 616 Greek adult hostages. This repatriation was arranged directly between the Hungarian and Greek Red Cross; the International Committee were not involved.

Mr. Mott-Radclyffe

Could my hon. Friend answer the second part of my Question, and give the number of Greek children known to have been taken to Hungary originally six years ago?

Mr. Nutting

No children have been returned because, as now corrected by the Greek authorities, these 616 are all adult hostages. Owing to the refusal of the Hungarian Government to co-operate with the International Committee we have no means of knowing how many Greek children were taken.