HC Deb 19 January 1944 vol 396 c151
23. Commander Locker-Lampson

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what action he is taking in view of the Spanish Government's refusal to release Italian ships stationed in Spanish harbours at the request of the new Italian Government.

Mr. Eden

His Majesty's Government have given their full support to the Italian Government's request for the release of all Italian ships in Spanish ports. His Majesty's Ambassador has recently been instructed to renew the strong representations he has already made and I have myself left the Spanish Ambassador in no doubt of our views on this subject.

Mr. G. Strauss

Can the Foreign Secretary say how long the ships have been in Spanish ports and whether any success has been achieved by protests or requests to the Spanish Government?

Mr. Eden

I cannot say exactly. Of course, our interest in this dates from the Italian surrender—from the armistice time.

Mr. McGovern

Is it not the case that Franco, in all these actions, is simply paying back the Italian Fascist Government for the aid given him during the Spanish war?