HC Deb 12 July 1944 vol 401 cc1714-5
6. Mr. G. Strauss

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is aware that an Austrian office has been established in Rome, consisting of a number of ex-Fascist sympathisers and unknown individuals; that this office is issuing identity cards to Austrian nationals and performing functions similar to those of a consulate; and whether he will give an assurance that this body has no official standing and will not be recognised by the Allies.

Mr. Eden

I understand that a small number of Austrians in Rome have formed themselves into a Committee and have submitted certain proposals to the Allied Military Authorities, including one for the establishment of an Austrian Office. I have asked for a full report, but meanwhile I can certainly assure the hon. Member that the Committee has been accorded no official standing or recognition.

Mr. Strauss

Can the Foreign Secretary give an assurance that no recognition will be given to these curious and suspicious bodies, mostly connected with Fascist organisations, which appear to be springing up in Rome?

Mr. Eden

As I have said, I would like to have a report before I make any more comment.

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