§ Mr. David Atkinson
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the recent talks in Moscow between his officials and the Soviet Foreign Ministry on human rights.
§ Mr. Mellor
The first round of official level talks on human rights, held on 23–24 June in Moscow, was useful and forward-looking. The British side raised a wide range of human rights issues including family reunification; individual human rights cases; freedom of conscience and 189W religious belief, emigration, psychiatric abuse, legal reform an the CSCE process. The Soviet side raised a number of issues of concern to them about British legislation and practice. Both sides agreed that a regular dialogue on human rights should be established. Individual cases will be followed up as appropriate.