HC Deb 05 June 1967 vol 747 cc99-100W
66. Mr. Robert Davies

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what steps he proposes to take to reassure and protect the interests of Mrs. Beatrice Mabel Hkio, the English wife of Sao Hkun Hkio, the Sawbwa of Mongmit and Burmese Foreign Minister in the former U Nu Government, who has been in solitary confinement without trial or charge since 11th May, 1962; and whether he will intercede with General Ne Win and offer to afford Mr. Hkio, a Cambridge graduate who was educated in this country, asylum in Great Britain so that he may be reunited with his wife and four children, all of whom are British subjects.

Mr. William Rodgers

We have done, and shall continue to do, everything we properly can to protect Mrs. Hkio's interests, but her husband is a Burmese citizen. While we all would be happy, on humanitarian grounds, to see him released this is not a matter in which I can officially intervene. I have however asked the Burmese Ambassador to inform his Government that Mrs. Hkio's husband would be permitted to come to Britain, on his release, to join his family.

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