HC Deb 07 November 1966 vol 735 cc947-8
3. Mr. Winnick

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what further representations have been made to the Russian authorities about the severe restrictions on Gerald Brooke.

Mr. George Brown

I raised the question of Mr. Brooke's continued imprisonment when I talked to Mr. Gromyko in New York on 8th October. I have not yet received a reply.

Mr. Winnick

Is my right hon. Friend aware that many people in this country consider that, whether Brooke was guilty or not, the manner in which the Russians are placing restrictions on him is most unpleasant? When he visits Moscow, will he raise this matter again with the Russian authorities?

Mr. Brown

I have left the Russian authorities in no doubt about my view on this subject and my hon. Friend may assume that I will take every opportunity to raise it.

Sir R. Cary

Can a more comprehensive statement be made on this tragic case even before the right hon. Gentleman goes to Moscow on 27th November? There is a thread of calculated cruelty running through the detention of Gerald Brooke about which the House ought not to remain unconcerned.

Mr. Brown

That is absolutely right, and I hope that the Russian authorities will take note of what has been said. The hon. Gentleman may assume that I will lose no opportunity of pressing it home.

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