HC Deb 24 November 1937 vol 329 c1201
14. Miss Wilkinson

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he received any representations from the Argentine Government with regard to allowing five Italian trade unionists travelling on the "Principessa Giovanna" to land at Gibraltar, in order to go to Mexico; whether he is aware that these representations were promised by the Argentine Government as part of a settlement of the dispute; and whether it was the action of the Italian Consul or the refusal of the British authorities to allow them to land that was responsible for them being carried on to Italy where they are now imprisoned?

Mr. Eden

Representations were received from the Argentine Government in this matter, but I have no information as to whether or not they arose from any previous promise on the part of that Government. The Governor of Gibraltar was asked by His Majesty's Government to permit the men to land at Gibraltar and to remain there until transport could be arranged. The men, however, did not land. I have no information showing why they did not do so.

Miss Wilkinson

Is it possible for the right hon. Gentleman to get me the information?

Mr. Eden

I hardly think so. It is not our business. We made all the arrangements which the Argentine Government asked us to make.

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