§ 1. Mr. Boothby
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will make it one of the political terms of the armistice that the King of Italy no longer be designated Emperor of Ethiopia and King of Albania in official documents and broadcasts?
2. Miss Rathbone
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether any action has been taken in regard to Marshal Badoglio's decree, issued on 23rd September, in which he refers to the King of Italy as Emperor of Ethiopia and King of Albania; and whether he has any statement to make on the matter?
§ 4. Mr. Mander
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will represent to the Italian Government the inadvisability of continuing to describe their King as Emperor of Ethiopia and King of Albania?
§ 8. Mr. Price
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is aware that in a recent decree broadcast by the Badoglio Government the King of Italy had been referred to as King of Albania and Emperor of Ethiopia; and whether, in view of the offence this is likely to cause to these countries, he will take steps to prevent its repetition?
§ 12. Mr. Driberg
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will assure the House that the British Government do not propose to recognise the titles of Emperor of Ethiopia and Duke of Addis Ababa, hitherto borne by King Victor Emmanuel and Marshal Badoglio, respectively; and what steps have been taken to secure their formal abandonment?
§ 13. Mr. Riley
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he can give an assurance that His Majesty's Government do not approve of the King of Italy now being designated Emperor of Ethiopia; and whether he is aware that in a recent broadcast from the Bari broadcasting station, which is in Allied hands, the King of Italy was so designated?
§ 18. Commander Sir Archibald Southby
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether his attention has been called to a decree, broadcast by an Italian wireless station under the control of the Badoglio Government, in which the King of Italy was described as King of Albania and Emperor of Ethiopia; and whether it is the intention of His Majesty's Government to countenance any claim by any Italian Government to either Albania or Abyssinia?
§ The Minister of State (Mr. Richard Law)
The titles "Emperor of Ethiopia and King of Albania" were inserted in the decree to which my hon. Friends refer through a mistake on the part of a minor Italian official and after the decree had actually been signed by the King and countersigned by Marshal Badoglio. As soon as the decree was broadcast in this form, the Allied liaison officer with the Badoglio Government was instructed to inform Marshal Badoglio that the use of these titles was quite inadmissible and an assurance was obtained that the King would in future only be referred to as the King of Italy. His Majesty's Government naturally do not recognise the King of Italy either as Emperor of Ethiopia or as King of Albania.
§ Mr. Boothby
While thanking my right hon. Friend for his very satisfactory reply, may I ask him when he thinks we may be put in possession of some information regarding the general political terms of the armistice imposed on Italy?
§ Sir A. Southby
Does my right hon. Friend appreciate that the statement which the Prime Minister made in his recent speech in this House, that the Italian Empire had been "irretrievably lost," has given general satisfaction throughout the country?
§ Mr. Driberg
May I ask the Minister whether his answer also applies to the title "Duke of Addis Ababa"?