§ 6. Mr. Bellenger
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether a final claim has been submitted to the Spanish insurgent authorities in respect of the mining of His Majesty's Ship "Hunter"; if so, what is the total amount claimed; and whether any reply has been received regarding the settlement of this claim?
§ 10. Mr. Gallacher
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether any satisfaction has been received from General Franco's administration in connection with His Majesty's Government's demand for £134,500 compensation for damage done to His Majesty's Ship "Hunter" by a floating mine; and, if not, what steps it is proposed to take to enforce payment?
§ Mr. Eden
A reply has been received from the Salamanca authorities denying that the mine responsible for the damage was laid by their vessels. His Majesty's Government are not able to accept this contention, and further representations are accordingly being made without delay. As the House is aware, the Salamanca authorities have already been informed that it is anticipated that the total claim will amount approximately to £134,500. It will not be possible to give a final figure until the repairs to His Majesty's Ship "Hunter" have been completed.
§ Mr. Gallacher
Is it not clear to the Minister from the subsequent bombings and sinkings which have occurred that the Salamanca Government do not intend to pay any attention to representations?
§ Mr. Kirk wood
Have the Government never had a similar experience to deal with to what we now have in Spain?
§ Mr. Bellenger
In view of that last significant statement of the right hon. Gentleman, do His Majesty's Government hold that this is one of the cases in which they ought to press for a settlement immediately?
§ Mr. Gallacher
If the Government do not get satisfaction from the Salamanca Government, will they put in the bill?
§ 27. Lieut.-Commander Fletcher
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what report he has received that the head of the Italian Government is preparing to send large armed forces to Spain in the near future?
§ 28. Mr. A. Henderson
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether, in view of the fact that the note recently received by His Majesty's Government from the Spanish Government alleged that the Italian Government had supplied the Spanish insurgent forces with a number of war vessels, he will assure the House that it is still the policy of His Majesty's Government that the despatch of large armed forces by Italy to Spain would be regarded as an act of aggression in breach of the League Covenant and contrary to British interests?
§ Mr. Eden
I would remind the hon. Member that His Majesty's Government cannot themselves decide what would be an act of aggression in breach of the League Covenant. I can, however, assure the hon. Member that His Majesty's Government would regard the despatch of large armed forces by any country to Spain as a breach of the Non-intervention Agreement, to which His Majesty's Government are a party, and as creating a situation of which they would be bound to take a most serious view.
§ Miss Wilkinson
Does that include the despatch of large quantities of war material to Spain, as Italian war material is more useful to Franco than the somewhat doubtful Italian infantry?