HC Deb 20 April 1931 vol 251 cc593-4

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has any information to give the House as to the present situa- tion in Madeira in so far as it affects the persons and property of British citizens?


The rebel forces continue in occupation of Madeira; and His Majesty's Ship "London" remains in the port of Funchal for the protection of British subjects and property. The expeditionary force recently sent from Portugal was diverted to deal with the outbreak in the Azores, and it is now reported that the insurgents there have surrendered unconditionally. Portuguese men-of-war are cruising in the vicinity of Madeira in order to enforce a decree prohibiting the use by foreign ships of the ports of the island except for the evacuation of foreign nationals. The importance which His Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom attach to the safeguarding of British interests in Madeira has been strongly impressed upon the Portuguese Government by Sir Francis Lindley and upon the rebels by His Majesty's Consul at Funchal. No British subjects are so far reported to have been molested; nor has any British property hitherto suffered any damage.


Is it not a fact that all communication is cut off between British subjects and this country?


I am not aware of that, but if the hon. and gallant Member will put down a question, I will ascertain.

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