HC Deb 18 March 1957 vol 567 cc7-8W
72. Mr. Kirk

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs how many non-British subjects are still in sanctuary in Her Majesty's Legation in Budapest; and of what nationality they are.

Mr. Ian Harvey


73. Mr. Kirk

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what advance notice was given by the Hungarian authorities of their intention to cordon off Her Majesty's Legation in Budapest on 25th February; how long the cordon was in place; and what action Her Majesty's Government has taken about it.

Mr. Ian Harvey

I would refer my hon. Friend to the Answer I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Scotstoun (Sir J. Hutchison) on 6th March.

An assurance has since been received from the Hungarian Government that they had no intention of making any demonstration against the Legation or of interfering in any way with its work or its contacts with the Hungarian people. The Hungarian Government have stated that Her Majesty's Legation will continue to be given facilities for all normal diplomatic activities.

The most recent report from Her Majesty's Minister at Budapest stated that there had been no further cases recently of persons being detained as a result of visiting the Legation.

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