HC Deb 06 April 1978 vol 947 cc206-7W
Mr. Faulds

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he will suspend the Anglo-Soviet cultural agreement in view of the Soviet Government's treatment of the cellist Mstislav Rostropovich.

Mr. Luard

No. The Soviet Government are fully aware of our views about their treatment of artists and others such as Mr Rostropovich, but we continue to believe that the Anglo-Soviet cultural agreement, which increases the contacts between Britain and the Soviet Union, helps the cause of artists in both countries.