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Break Off Our Trade Relations With Hungary

-SAYS CATHOLIC M.P.

From Our Parliamentary Correspondent The Government may issue a White Paper on the trial of Cardinal Mindszenty. This information was given by Mr. McNeil, Minister of State, in the House of Commons on Monday in answer to questions by Sir Patrick Hannon and Mr. Butler (Saffron Walden).

Mr. Langford-Holt (Shrewsbury) asked what news the Government had of " the character of the trial."

Mr. McNeil replied that the British Minister in Budapest was unable to report impressions first hand. " He has, however," said Mr. McNeil, " reached the 'firm conclusion, with which the Foreign Secretary agrees, that the proceedings had no resemblance to a fair trial—(Opposition cheers)—as the term is understood in this country, particularly since the entire resources of the State were used, before and during the Cardinal's detention, to create prejudice against him."

.Asked further did the trial constitute a breach of the Hungarian Peace Treaty Mr. McNeil said this was being examined,

USE OF DRUG

Sir Henry Morris-Jones (Denbigh) asked whether the demeanour in court of the accused did not suggest the use of a drug. Mr. McNeil deferring to Sir Henry Morris-Jones' knowledge of drugs as a medical man; said: " I would confine myself to saying that certainly the Cardinal's behaviour after arrest and in the court compared most surprisingly with his behaviour before."

Vice-Admiral Taylor asked what action the Government were going to take in view of the " farcical trial of the Cardinal."

Mr. Teeling asked what action has been taken since the announcement of the sentence on Cardinal Mindszenty and what further action was contemplated. Mr. replied that a furthen term.p McNeil then Note had been sent to the Hungarian Government on February 10 and the Hungarian Minister in London was sent for by Mr. Bevin, handed a copy of the Note, and informed of the feeling aroused in this country by the trial and the rejection of the Governmeet's former protest.

ECONOMIC RELATIONS Mr. Teeling and Mr. Boyd Carpenter asked further supplementary questions.

Then Mr. Hollis asked whether in view of the circumstances the Government would break off " economic relations" with Hungary.

Mr. McNeil replied: "The protest made by His Majesty's Government was against the refusal of the Hungarian Government to allow a British observer to attend the trial and against the language used in the refusal.

" The Hungarian Government will. no doubt, themselves realise that their behaviour has aroused in this country much indignation which may find many means of expression.

" His Majesty's Government will naturally consider all courses of possible future action in regard to Hungary and other countries guilty of similar behaviour."




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