HC Deb 05 February 1948 vol 446 c332W
Professor Savory

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether His Majesty's Government will give all the support in their power to enable Finland to resist attempts from outside to weaken the guarantee that she has given under Article Six of the Treaty to secure to all persons under Finnish jurisdiction the enjoyment of human rights and of the fundamental freedoms.

Mr. McNeil

No case has yet been brought to the notice of His Majesty's Government of any attempt from outside Finland to persuade the Finnish Government to weaken the guarantee given under Article Six of the Treaty. His Majesty's Government have, however, learnt that the Finnish Government recently agreed to hand over to the Soviet authorities 30 persons of alleged Soviet nationality. Fifteen of these persons (of whom 13 are Estonians) are being handed over to the Soviet authorities under the terms of Article Nine (1) (b) of the Peace Treaty as being persons of Soviet nationality who have served in the German or Finnish armed forces against the Soviet Union or who have otherwise acted as traitors. The remaining 15 are being repatriated under the terms of Article Ten of the Armistice Agreement as being Soviet citizens held as prisoners of war by Finland. His Majesty's Government continue to take an active interest in the arrest and repatriation of such persons with a view to satisfying themselves that no breach of Article Six of the Peace Treaty is committed.