HC Deb 03 March 1926 vol 192 cc1402-3

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has received a report from the British Consul at Genoa, or from any other source, as to the treatment of Mr. R. R. Stokes, M.C., a British traveller in Italy, by Fascisti railway officials in a guardroom at Genoa, upon Mr. Stokes objecting to pay luggage charges twice over; what action he has taken in this matter; and whether an apology and compensation have been required from the officials concerned?

15. Lieut.-Colonel FREMANTLE

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he has received any report from the British Consul at Genoa on the treatment accorded to Mr. R. R. Stokes on his arrival by the Rome express last week by Fascist officials on the railway, and by the guard at the police station; if such report shows any provocation on the part of Mr. Stokes which led to the personal assaults to which he was subjected; and, if not, will he make suitable representations to the Italian Government on the matter?


No report has yet been received from His Majesty's Consul-General at Genoa, but Mr. Stokes has given me his account of the incident. I aim immediately calling for a full report, and the most careful consideration will be given to the matter.