HC Deb 04 April 1921 vol 140 cc26-7
Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

(by Private Notice) asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what information he has as to the present position of the ex-Emperor Karl of Austria, and what steps are being taken to prevent further intrigues by the ex-Emperor?


The ex-Emperor arrived in Buda Pest without the knowledge of the Hungarian Government, who informed him that his reinstatement in Hungary was out of the question, and urged him to leave the country at once. The ex-Emperor started on his return journey but stopped at Steinmanger, on Hungarian soil, where, according to the latest advices, he still remains. It does not appear that there is any general movement in Hungary in favour of his restoration, and the ostensible reason for his delay in leaving the country is the difficulty of arranging for his safe transit back to Switzerland. His Majesty's Government and the French and Italian Governments have joined in requesting the Austrian Government to grant a safe conduct. This the Austrian Government have promised, and the Swiss Government have intimated that they will allow the ex-Emperor to return to Switzerland, subject to certain conditions. It is hoped that he may be induced to start without delay.

Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

Once the ex-Emperor is back in Switzerland cannot more adequate steps be taken to prevent a further disturbance of this sort? Is the Prime Minister aware that the return of a Hapsburg to Austria will mean certain war with at least three of Hungary's neighbours?


Will the right hon. Gentleman state whether there is any truth in the rumour that this ex-king intends to stand as a "Wee Free" at the next election?

Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

There is no joke in that.


Will the Prime Minister issue an emphatic denial of the story in the Press that this ex-Emperor got to Hungary on a British passport?

Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

May I ask the Prime Minister to take this matter seriously, as it may mean a renewal of war, with all war's horrors? [Interruption.] Hon. Members joke, because they do not know anything about it.