HC Deb 06 April 1939 vol 345 c2990
76. Mr.Noel-Baker

asked the Prime Minister whether he has received any communication from the Italian Government concerning their intention to withdraw their armed forces from Spanish territory, including the Balearic Islands?

Mr. Butler

No, Sir.

Mr. Noel-Baker

Is it the intention of the Government to ask for such a communication at an early date?

Mr. Butler

I have nothing to add to the reply which I gave yesterday to similar questions on this subject.

Mr. Benn

Do the Government regard the Italian pledge in respect to the territorial integrity of Spain as being perpetual?

Mr. Butler

I sincerely hope so.

Mr. Mander

Do the Government consider the position altered by the fact that General Franco has now joined the Berlin-Rome axis?

Mr. Butler

General Franco has given assurances in the past which I hope will be observed.