HC Deb 28 July 1982 vol 28 c572W
Mr. Robert Atkins

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made in the implementation by the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and Eastern European countries of the provisions of the Helsinki Final Act during the past six months.

Mr. Rifkind

During the past six month period up to 30 June 1982 there has been no improvement in the record of implementation by the Soviet Union and the Eastern European countries of their commitments under the Helsinki Final Act, and in Poland there has been a marked deterioration. There have been clear violations by the Polish and Soviet authorities of the Final Act, particularly in the field of human rights and fundamental freedoms.