HC Deb 13 July 1979 vol 970 cc301-2W
Mr. Alton

asked the Lord Privy Seal what representation he plans to make to the USSR in support of Jewish prisoners of conscience, Ida Nudel, Vladimir Slepak and Anatoly Sharansky to assist them with a speedy emigration in view of their bad health.

Mr. Hurd

The Government support those who wish to emigrate from the Soviet Union by their continuing pressure for implementation of the Helsinki Final Act. The Government will also make representations to the Soviet Union about human rights cases where there is a direct connection with the United Kingdom. In cases like the three mentioned where there is no direct connection we shall take decisions about representations on a case by case basis and, among other considerations, shall bear in mind health questions.