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Tuesday, 7 May 1957

Mr Bryant t asked the Minister for External Affairs, upon notice -

1.   What authoritative figures have been received by his department of casualties during the revolt in Hungary in 1956?

2.   If no reliable figures are available, what estimates have been received?

Mr Casey - The number of casualties in the Hungarian revolution will probably never be known precisely and estimates of casualties resulting from the fighting vary.

Budapest radio announced on 15 th January that, according to the Kadar regime's Central Office of Statistics, about 3,000 people had been killed and about 13,500 wounded. However, most other estimates have varied between 20,000 and 30,000 killed. The Prime Minister of India, who sent a special representative ta Hungary to report on the revolution, has said that it would appear that about 25,000 Hungarians and 7,000 Russians had been killed.

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