HC Deb 15 June 1964 vol 696 cc927-8
27. Sir W. Teeling

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what reply he has received from the Hungarian Government concerning his recent reminder about the settlement of the prewar Hungarian debts; and what further steps he proposes to take concerning this matter.

Mr. Mathew

The Hungarian Government have not yet sent a formal reply to our reminder about pre-war Hungarian bonds. But it is only six weeks since we last spoke to the Hungarians. I think we should give them a little longer.

Sir W. Teeling

Are we working in this matter with the Americans? If not, will we consider doing so? I gather that the Rumanians are about to settle and that the Russians are discussing the Baltic bonds. Is it not high time that the Hungarians hurried up?

Mr. Mathew

I have no doubt that the Hungarians are giving serious thought to the matter, and I do not think that there is any reason for us to take further action at the moment.