HC Deb 04 August 1943 vol 391 cc2271-2
7. Mr. Shinwell

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has any information on recent events in Spain, and the possibility of the revival of the Monarchy; and what are the views of His Majesty's Government on this matter?

Mr. Eden

I am not aware to what events the hon. Member is referring, but I am of course kept fully informed of the situation in Spain by His Majesty's Ambassador in Madrid. The possibility of the revival of the Monarchy is an internal question for the Spanish people themselves to decide, and His Majesty's Government are not prepared to express a view on the matter.

Mr. Shinwell

Do we understand that the Government will give no encouragement to the restoration of the Monarchy?

Mr. Eden

I think my answer clearly shows that we regard this as a matter for the Spanish people. We do not propose to express a view either one way or the other.

Mr. John Dugdale

Will the right hon. Gentleman make it clear that, whether there is a Monarchy or not, we will not forget that General Franco's Government is a Fascist Government?