§ Mr. Corbett
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the (a) Czechoslovak and (b) Soviet authorities about the persecution of people solely on the basis of their religious beliefs.
§ Mrs. Chalker
My hon. Friend the Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the hon. Member for Mid-Sussex (Mr. Renton) stressed our interest in human rights in discussions with the Czechoslovak authorities during his visit to Prague last month. In Moscow in January, he made clear to the Soviet authorities our concern about the persecution of religious believers. He referred particularly to the case of Mr. Alexander Ogorodnikov, who has now been released.