§ 41. Professor Savory
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has protested against the kidnapping of Mr. Whalley, a British civilian, who was carried across the Yugoslav frontier and imprisoned for six weeks, during 40 days of which he was kept in solitary confinement in a small cell suffering from starvation and cold, while no charge whatever was brought against him.
§ Mr. Bevin
In view of a report which I have just received from the Allied Military Government authorities in Trieste on this subject, I have asked His Majesty's Ambassador in Belgrade to address a note of protest to the Yugoslav Government about the duration of Mr. Whalley's captivity without any charge being brought, and also about the fact that no British representative was informed at the time of his arrest nor was Mr. Whalley allowed to communicate with anyone. The protest is being made 1203 on the grounds that the action of the Yugoslav authorities was contrary to the usual procedure in such cases.
§ Professor Savory
Has the right hon. Gentleman also brought to the attention of the Government that this unfortunate man was starved and, further, that he says he was almost crazy, being shut up in Ljubljana prison, absolutely innocent, without any charge being brought against him?
§ Captain John Crowder
Will the Foreign Secretary make it clear that he expects foreign Governments to carry out the requests which are set out over his own signature on all British passports?
§ Mr. Warbey
Do the reports available to my right hon. Friend bear out the allegations contained in the Question regardingsolitary confinement in a small cell suffering from starvation and cold"?
§ Mr. Mott-Radclyffe
Does the right hon. Gentleman's reply mean that the British subject in question has actually been detained in these circumstances for a period of six weeks without any protest having been made?