§ 10. Sir Richard Acland
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will make a statement on the 167 recent changes in the Provisional Government of Italy.
§ Mr. Eden
Soon after the capture of Rome the head of the Italian Government, Marshal Badoglio, went to Rome, with the permission of the Allied authorities, to discuss a further broadening of his Government with those leaders of the Democratic parties who had stayed in Rome. However, these leaders were unwilling to serve under the Marshal. A Government was, therefore, formed under Signor Bonomi, a former Prime Minister of pre-Fascist Italy. This Government, having given the necessary guarantees of collaboration with the Allies, has now assumed office.
§ Sir R. Acland
Could the right hon. Gentleman say whether this Government is now functioning as a Government, and can he comment on certain statements that it has, so to speak, evaporated and is not really functioning as a Government?