HC Deb 31 January 1945 vol 407 cc1464-5W
Sir A. Beit

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether His Majesty's Government is represented, diplomatically or otherwise, in Finland, the Baltic States, Bulgaria, Rumania and Hungary; and whether the Soviet Government has any such representation in Italy, Greece, France and Belgium.

Mr. Law

As regards the first part of the Question, the present position is that His Majesty's Government is not in diplomatic relations with any of the countries mentioned, but there are British political representatives in Finland, Bulgaria and Rumania. There are also British Sections of the Allied Control Commissions in these three countries. A political representative and a British Section of the Control Commission will take up their duties in Hungary in due course.

In reply to the second part of the Question, I understand that the Soviet Government have diplomatic representatives in Italy, France and Belgium. As regards Greece, there has been no official Soviet representative since the Greek Government returned to their country, but I understand that the Soviet Government are about to appoint an Ambassador at Athens.

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