HC Deb 14 June 1944 vol 400 cc1949-50
4. Earl Winterton

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will convey the thanks of His Majesty's Govern- ment to the Government of the Swiss Republic for having, whilst maintaining the strictest neutrality, rendered great and humane service over a series of years to refugees and interned Service men of all nationalities within their territory.

Mr. Eden

I think the Swiss Government are already aware of the gratitude felt by His Majesty's Government for the many services which they have rendered us as Protecting Power. But I gladly avail myself of this opportunity to give public expression to the very warm gratitude of His Majesty's Government for the action of the Swiss Government in giving asylum and ministering to the needs of large numbers of refugees and escaped prisoners of war of many nationalities within their territory.