HC Deb 02 December 1942 vol 385 cc1129-30
1. Wing-Commander James

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will make representations to the heads of foreign Governments established in this country pointing out the undesirability of Ministers and officials in those Governments making intrusions into the domestic party politics of this country?

The Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (Mr. Eden)

I have no information to suggest that any such representations are necessary. But if my hon. and gallant Friend has any particular case in mind, perhaps he will be good enough to communicate with me.

Wing-Commander James

Is my right hon. Friend aware that a week before last a lady called Madame Isobel Blum, and described as a Minister in the Belgian Government, came to my constituency and not only took part in a political meeting but made the most contentious references to the Constitution of her own country?

Mr. Eden

I understand the lady in question is not actually a member of the Belgian Government. Perhaps my hon. and gallant Friend will give me particulars. It would be improper for a member of a foreign Government to take part in our own controversial affairs.

Wing-Commander James

In view of the fact that this lady did so and the fact that she was described as a member of the Government by herself, will my right hon. Friend make representations in the proper quarter?

Mr. Eden

I am informed that the description is wrong.

Mr. Gallacher

Is it not the case that in the Spanish War the hon. and gallant Gentleman supported Franco?