HC Deb 07 February 1955 vol 536 cc1540-1
14. Captain Kerby

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what efforts his Department has made to date to trace the present whereabouts and obtain the release of a British subject named Chapman, whose imprisonment in a Soviet prison camp in northern Siberia in July, 1954, was brought to the notice of his Department recently.

Mr. Turton

A man known as John (or Charles) Chapman is reported to have been imprisoned at Vorkuta, in the Soviet Union. Her Majesty's Ambassador in Moscow has recently made representations to the Soviet Government both on his behalf and on that of 10 other persons who are believed to be British subjects in Soviet prisons. The Soviet Government have undertaken to look into the matter.

Captain Kerby

I thank my hon. Friend for that reply. May I ask him whether the Foreign Office hopes to obtain the release of Mr. Robert Ford, another British subject, now entering his fifth year as a prisoner in a Chinese gaol?

Mr. Turton

That would appear to be a different question, relating to the Chinese People's Republic.