HC Deb 26 February 1941 vol 369 c497
9. Mr. Wedgwood

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether a suitable ship has yet been found for the Spanish republican refugees who have reached Casablanca on their way to America; and what steps our Consul-General in New York is taking in the matter?

Mr. Butler

The effective control of the vessel originally chosen, the "Lovcen," was in the hands of persons controlling a shipping line engaged in supplying the enemy in Albania and thus assisting their unprovoked assault upon our Ally, Greece. His Majesty's Government have accordingly felt unable to grant any facilities. His Majesty's Government would, however, be prepared to grant facilities if a suitable vessel is found. His Majesty's Consul-General in New York has been informed of the position.

Miss Rathbone

my right hon. Friend instruct his representative in New York to try and assist these people in securing a suitable ship, as they have already contracted for the ship that is blacklisted?

Mr. Butler

Certainly, we will do any-think we can

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