asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is aware that numerous refugees from Soviet-dominated countries, and in particular refugees from Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, have recently received communications from the Russian Consulate-General; that the receipt of these communications has caused considerable anxiety; what investigation he has made into the methods used to discover the names and addresses of refugees; and what steps he will take to stop this leakage of confidential information.
I am aware that such approaches have been made and have in some cases aroused anxiety. The names and addresses of refugees can be obtained from a number of quite open sources, and inquiries which have been made disclose no evidence of leakage of confidential information.
Is my right hon. and learned Friend aware that the intelligence service of the Russian Consulate-General is apparently so good that when refugees move their place of residence, or go to a new place of employment, they receive communications within a few days of moving? If I send him evidence, will he look further into this question?
Certainly, but I would remind my hon. and gallant Friend that there are sources, as I have said—mail addressed to aliens which is scrutinized in the country of origin; names and addresses provided by repatriates and intending repatriates; and other names in advertisements in emigré newspapers—which I cannot stop. I should also remind him of the answer of my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary, in which an assurance was given that there is no reason for the people concerned to tolerate any interference with their personal liberty.