HC Deb 23 June 1937 vol 325 cc1177-8
8. Lieut.-Commander Fletcher

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he proposes to call the attention of the head of the Italian Government to the prejudicial effect which such attacks upon our Press as appeared in the "Popolo d' Italia," on 17th June, are likely to have upon relations between the two countries?

Mr. Eden

His Majesty's Ambassador in Rome has already spoken to the Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs in this sense.

Lieut.-Commander Fletcher

May I ask whether such attacks as this and the grotesque statements which appeared in the Italian Press about the Coronation are not a violation of that clause of the Anglo-Italian Agreement which pledges both countries to do their best to maintain friendly relations?

Mr. Eden

I am afraid I should find a difficulty in proving that attacks of this kind are limited to the Press of any one country.