HC Deb 03 November 1937 vol 328 cc895-6
3. Captain Peter Macdonald

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether, since the conclusion of the recent Anglo-Italian Agreement, the British Government have had any cause for complaint with regard to the provocation of the Arabs by the Italian press or broadcasting stations; and whether, in particular, any complaint has been made with regard to the Italian broadcast and press comments on the recent arrest of the members of the Arab Higher Committee in Jerusalem?

Viscount Cranborne

In a reply to the Member for Nuneaton (Lieut.-Commander Fletcher) my right hon. Friend stated on 28th June last that the question of Italian anti-British propaganda in Palestine and Arabia had been taken up more than once, both with the Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs in Rome and with the Italian Ambassador in London. My right hon. Friend further stated that he was glad to be able to inform the House that the tone of the broadcasts from Bari had lately shown an improvement. Since that date it has not been considered necessary to make any representations to the Italian Government on press or broadcast questions: but in the meanwhile full reports have been received by His Majesty's Government on the attitude adopted by the Italian press and wireless towards the recent troubles in Palestine, and these reports are at present under consideration.

Mr. Mander

Are the Government receiving full reports of these broadcasts, and do they know what is actually said?

Viscount Cranborne

Yes, I have just said so in my answer.