HC Deb 07 December 1943 vol 395 c768
36. Mr. Arthur Duckworth

asked the Secretary of State for War what is the relationship between the American Commission in Italy for the protection of historic buildings and works of art and the experts sent to Italy by his department for the same purpose?

Sir J. Grigg

If my hon. Friend refers to the Allied Control Commission for Italy, there is within that body a sub-commission whose functions include the protection of historic buildings and works of art. This sub-commission is a joint body composed of experts from this country and America. If, in speaking of the American Commission, my hon. Friend is referring to the body which has, I understand, been set up in Washington, I have at present no details of its functions or it relationship to the Control Commission.

Mr. Keeling

Can my right hon. Friend say whether the cadre of British experts in Italy is now complete, or are there still some to be sent?

Sir J. Grigg

I prefer, if my hon. Friend will allow me, to defer answering that question. He had a Question earlier on the Paper which was not asked. As I said, the advisor to the War Office on these subjects is at present in North Africa, and I would prefer to defer making any further statement until he comes back and has made his report.

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