HC Deb 21 December 1973 vol 866 cc459-60W
Mr. Hastings

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what protests he has recently made about the treatment of political dissidents and prisoners of conscience in the Soviet Union and the Communist countries of East Europe.

Mr. Amery

The Governments of the countries concerned are in no doubt about our views and the strength of public feeling in Britain on these matters. Her Majesty's Government do not have any standing to intervene on behalf of citizens of other countries, but my right hon. Friend drew Mr. Gromyko's attention, as he has done in the past, to the feeling in this country about these questions.

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