HC Deb 18 April 1956 vol 551 c996
24. Mr. Rees-Davies

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what representations have been made, and what future representations will be made, to the Hungarian Government, to secure the release from Hungary of Peter de Marffy-Mantuano, a British subject, born on 20th March, 1944, who is the son of Thomas de Marffy-Mantuano, also a British subject, resident in England, and who is being detained by the Hungarian Government.

Mr. Nutting

I am glad to state that Peter de Marffy-Mantuano has now been allowed to leave Hungary. The question of further representations does not therefore arise.

Mr. Rees-Davies

Whilst welcoming very much indeed the release of this young crippled boy of twelve, may I ask my right hon. Friend if he would not confirm that for two years the Government have been making representations for his release and it was not until this Question was tabled and appeared on the Order Paper, with the consequent Press publicity, that this boy was quite suddenly released yesterday?

Mr. Nutting

I would not for a moment dispute my hon. Friend's interpretation of the chronology of this case. Numerous informal representations were made to the Hungarian Government on humanitarian grounds between December, 1954, and last month.