HC Deb 14 April 1986 vol 95 cc245-6W
Mr. Beith

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Soviet Embassy concerning the case of Irina Ratushinskaya, currently being held in a Soviet labour camp.

Mr. Renton

We regularly make clear to the Soviet authorities our concern for human rights and that those imprisoned for their political or religious beliefs should be released. The case of Irina Ratushinskaya was raised by my right hon. and learned Friend the Member for Edinburgh, Pentlands (Mr. Rifkind) then Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, during his talks with Deputy Foreign Minister Kornienko last year.