HC Deb 11 December 1922 vol 159 cc2365-6
55. Lieut. - Commander KENWORTHY

asked the Prime Minister which Department of State requested the Board of Admiralty to send a British cruiser to Greece to give a passage to Prince Andrew of Greece after his trial; whether Prince Andrew was considered to be in personal danger after his trial and sentence to banishment; whether no merchant ship or passenger liner was available for the use of Prince Andrew; to which port Prince Andrew was conveyed; whether the cruiser was available for other Greeks seeking safety; whether other Greeks applied for passage or assistance; and whether they were given such passage?


It was by a decision of the Government that the British cruiser was available to give passage to Prince Andrew of Greece, after his trial, to Brindisi. The answer to the second part of the question is in the affirmative, and to the fifth part that as far as I am aware no other Greeks similarly situated were seeking safety on the date in question. The rest of the question does not therefore arise.

Lieut. - Commander KENWORTHY

Will the right hon. Gentleman consider curtailing the use of the British Navy for carrying deposed potentates and princes?


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that, arising out of disturbances connected with a strike in South Africa, eight British subjects are liable to be executed, and will he or someone connected with the Government make representations to General Smuts to get a reprieve?


South Africa is a self-governing Dominion.


What about Greece?

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