§ Mr. Michael Marshall
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Russian Government concerning their recent treatment of members of the Helsinki treaty monitoring group; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Luard
My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister and my right hon. Friend made their views about these trials very clear in the House on 10th July. In the light of public outrage about the conviction and harsh sentences imposed last week on Soviet citizens, my right hon. Friend advised the chairman of the National Coal Board that the visit of the Soviet Minister for the Coal Industry scheduled for 16th July should be postponed.