My hon. Friend knows my interest and concern about this. Nothing can be done without Soviet agreement. As my hon. Friend is aware, Her Majesty's Government have made numerous representations to the Soviet authorities that the dictates of humanity require that Hess should be released. We are always willing to make a further approach to them when we consider that this might achieve a positive result.
As I say, I share my hon. Friend's concern. Before signature of the final quadripartite protocol, we have to agree with the Russians the details regarding establishment of their consulate-general and commercial premises in West Berlin. It may be that discussion of these questions will offer an opportunity to raise once again the question of Hess, but I can make no promises. It is a question of priorities, and the Berlin agreement must come first.