HC Deb 22 February 1980 vol 979 c576W
Mr. Roper

asked the Lord Privy Seal whether he will bring resolution 718 of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, regarding the arrest and forced exile of Mr. Andrei Sakharov to the attention of the Soviet Government; and whether he will make a statement.

Mr. Blaker

We fully share the sentiments expressed in it. The Soviet authorities are fully aware of the extent of Western concern about their treatment of Dr. Sakharov and will have taken due note of the resolution by the Parliamentary Assembly. The Soviet Ambassador was told on 22 January that Her Majesty's Government condemned the banishment of Dr. and Mrs. Sakharov.

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