§ 5. Mr. Ivor Thomas
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs why he has ruled that the British Council may not 746 support the scheme for an anti-Fascist Italian centre in London, analogous to the Allied centres already established by the Council?
§ Mr. Eden
My hon. Friend overlooks the fact that Italy is not an Ally but an enemy Power, and my hon. Friend's analogy does not apply. The British Council, whose activities, in any case, are cultural and not political, have lent their support to national centres of Allied countries and of occupied countries whose National Councils are recognised by His Majesty's Government.
§ Mr. Thomas
Has the Foreign Office given any support to the Austrian centre, which is analogous, and why does the Foreign Office frustrate every attempt by anti-Fascists to organise themselves, whether in a fighting force, by a newspaper, or in a centre?
§ Mr. Gallacher
Will the Foreign Secretary consider giving Austrians the status of friendly aliens, instead of treating them as a defeated enemy?