Oral Answers to Questions — General Bor (Newspaper Article)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 6th June 1945.

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Photo of Major-General Sir Alfred Knox Major-General Sir Alfred Knox , Wycombe 12:00 am, 6th June 1945

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if his attention has been drawn to an article in the "Soviet News" of 25th May, issued by the Russian Embassy, which characterises General Bor, the defender of Warsaw, in most insulting terms; and whether he will protest against the circulation in Britain of attacks of this nature on a representative of another Ally.

Photo of Mr Richard Law Mr Richard Law , Kingston upon Hull South West

I have seen the article to which my hon. and gallant Friend refers, and I share his regret that statements of the sort contained in it about one of our Allies should appear in an official publication of another.

Photo of Major-General Sir Alfred Knox Major-General Sir Alfred Knox , Wycombe

Will the right hon. Gentleman do anything to stop attacks of this kind? Does he realise that this article called the heroic General Bar "an agent provocateur" and "a dirty adventurer"? Is it seemly that the Press department of an Embassy in London should publish this sort of thing?

Photo of Mr Richard Law Mr Richard Law , Kingston upon Hull South West

I think that the view of His Majesty's Government on this matter is already known. If it was not known before, it should be known now, from the terms of the reply I have just given.

Photo of Mr William Gallacher Mr William Gallacher , Fife Western

Is the right hon. Gentleman not aware that, for years, so-called official publications in London from the Polish Government have been uttering the most atrocious slanders about the leaders of a great Ally, the Soviet Union, and we have had no protest from the Foreign Office? Will he protest about those slanders now?

Photo of Mr Richard Law Mr Richard Law , Kingston upon Hull South West

I have heard protests in this House on the point the hon. Member has made.

Photo of Mr Aneurin Bevan Mr Aneurin Bevan , Ebbw Vale

Is it going to be the policy of the Government to interfere with the expression of opinion by another Power? Is it not a fact that, on several occasions, protests have been heard from this side of the House about the anti-Soviet propaganda of the Polish Government in London?

Photo of Mr William Gallacher Mr William Gallacher , Fife Western

Why does not the right hon. Gentleman deplore that?

Photo of Mr Richard Law Mr Richard Law , Kingston upon Hull South West

I do not think it is a question so much of policy as of what is seemly, and, as I say, we do regret that statements of this kind about any Ally should appear in the publications of another Ally.