§ 1 and 4. Mr. Mander
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (1) the position at present existing at Tangier; and whether any Italian submarines are in the port;
152 (2) whether British rights in the International Zone have been restored; and what action has been taken?
§ 7 and 8 Mr. Cocks
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (1) what reply has been received from the Spanish Government to the protest of His Majesty's Government against the violation of the international Convention governing the neutrality and international character of Tangier;
(2) what is the present position regarding Tangier; and whether he can give an assurance that on agreement short of the full re-establishment of the international status of Tangier will be concluded with the Spanish Government before the House has had an opportunity of discussing its terms?
§ The Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (Mr. Eden)
His Majesty's Government have already placed on record a protest at the action of the Spanish Government in seeking independently to modify and to suspend without notice the institutions of the International régime in Tangier. They have reserved all their rights under the relevant instruments. His Majesty's Government have also made it clear to the Spanish Government that they are prepared to consider any proposals for regularising the situation which the Spanish Government may desire to put forward to them and to other parties interested Discussions have been proceeding at Madrid between the British and Spanish representatives with a view to concluding a provisional arrangement concerning British rights and interests in the Zone pending a final settlement. Such an arrangement will be without prejudice to the rights of His Majesty's Government and to those of third parties under the relevant international instruments. The discussions are proceeding satisfactorily. Though consideration of all the questions involved has not yet been fully completed, sufficient progress has been made to justify the view that pending a final settlement the existing rights of British subjects in the Tangier Zone will be safeguarded. I hope to be able to make a full statement shortly. There are no Italian submarines at present in Tangier.
§ Mr. Mander
Are the British subjects who were dismissed from the international 153 staff now being reinstated, and, pending a settlement of all these questions, have the Government given consent to the import of large quantities of wheat to Spain, which was under consideration?
§ Mr. Gallacher
Does the right hon. Gentleman not agree that it would have been much better if there had been a democratic Republican Government in Spain instead of the Franco Government?