§ Mr. A. Royle
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what action he is taking to secure the release from house detention of Anthony Grey, Reuter's correspondent in Peking; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. William Rodgers:
Mr. Grey was placed under house arrest on 23rd July. No one has been permitted to visit him and since 18th August all communication with him by telephone has been cut off. However I have no reason to believe that he has been harmed physically.
Repeated attempts have been made both in London and in Peking to secure consular access and to discover what charges, if any, have been made against Mr. Grey. I regret to say that these have all so far been unsuccessful.