§ Mr. Williamson
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he has now considered the proposal for an all-party delegation to visit Czechoslovakia, to secure first-hand information of alleged expulsion of Germans; if he is aware that the Czechoslovakian Government would welcome such a delegation; and if he will make a statement.
My right hon. Friend has considered this proposal. As he said in his statement of 23rd November, expulsions from Czechoslovakia were on the whole loyally suspended by the Czechoslovak Government after "the Potsdam decision was announced. The Czechoslovak Minister for Foreign Affairs has also confirmed to His Majesty's Ambassador in Prague that no more compulsory deportations are being carried out. Moreover, plans have now been made for the reception in Germany of Germans from Czechoslovakia, and in this connection I would invite reference to the reply given to my hon. Friend the Member for Ipswich (Mr. Stokes) by my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on 26th November. In these circumstances a special visit to Czechoslovakia of an all-party delegation for the purpose proposed hardly seems necessary.