HC Deb 29 November 1972 vol 847 cc394-5
3. Mr. Greville Janner

asked the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications whether he will now make representations to the Russian authorities concerning the disruption of telephone communications between subscribers in the United Kingdom and Jewish scholars and scientists in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

Sir J. Eden

I understand the hon. and learned Gentleman's anxiety but I cannot add to my answers to his similar Questions on 10th May, 7th June and 9th August.—[Vol. 836, c. 1292; Vol. 838, c. 440; Vol. 842, c. 1700.]

Mr. Janner

I appreciate that the Minister has great difficulties in this matter, but is he aware that there is a continual process of harassment and cutting-off of subscribers in the Soviet Union, so that people in this country cannot get through to them and our patient and excellent operators on the Continental exchange are put to entirely unnecessary difficulty and aggravation? Therefore, if evidence is provided to the right hon. Gentleman, will he consider how this matter might be approached in a different way?

Sir J. Eden

In answer to previous Questions from the hon. and learned Gentleman I have encouraged him to produce as much detailed evidence as he can for the purposes of the Post Office. I should be grateful if he would proceed in that way.