HC Deb 09 July 1928 vol 219 cc1842-3
30. Colonel HOWARD-BURY

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he can give the names of the 30 passes that are open to tourists and climbers along the Swiss-Italian frontier, and which are the passes and mountains which are forbidden territory?

The SECRETARY of STATE for FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Sir Austen Chamberlain)

I doubt the use of supplying the hon. and gallant Member with the list of those passes which were open last September, as I do not know that this list is still accurate and complete, but I am asking His Majesty's Ambassador at Rome whether the Italian Government would be willing to supply him with a complete up-to-date list of all those passes on the Swiss-Italian frontier which are at present open. Meanwhile, I can but repeat the suggestion my right hon. Friend made in answer to a question on the 25th of June, namely, that British subjects in Switzerland who contemplate an ascent which may take them across the frontier would be well advised to ascertain from the nearest Italian Consular Officer whether the route which they propose to follow is open.