HC Deb 04 June 1946 vol 423 cc308-9W
137. Major Hugh Fraser

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is aware that the contingent of Polish airmen he has invited to take part in the Victory Parade have refused to do so, in view of the absence from the parade of any Polish sailors or Polish troops associated with His Majesty's Forces, especially at Falaise and Monte Cassino; and what action he proposes to take.

Mr. McNeil

I am aware of the difficulty referred to in the first part of the Question. Allied Governments have been invited to send contingents for the Victory March representative of their fighting services, and in response to that invitation the Polish Provisional Government are sending a contingent from Warsaw. His Majesty's Government still hope that it will also be possible for a party of Polish airmen who flew with the Royal Air Force in the. Battle of Britain to be included in the parade. While fully mindful of the magnificent services which were rendered by the Polish soldiers and sailors who fought side by side with His Majesty's Forces and to which they gladly pay tribute, His Majesty's Government much regret that they do not see their way to arrange for them to be represented in the March.

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