HC Deb 27 June 1944 vol 401 cc591-2
22. Colonel Sir Arthur Evans

asked the Secretary of State for War what action he proposes to take in regard to Lieut.-Colonel Cyril Rocke, late Irish Guards, and now in Rome.

Sir J. Grigg

The military authorities concerned have been informed that Colonel Rocke was known to be a confirmed admirer of Mussolini and was, at one time, a paid propagandist on behalf of Italy They have been instructed to collect all available evidence regarding Colonel Rocke's activities, and to report what action they have taken.

Sir A. Evans

May I ask my right hon. Friend if he has any information as to whether this officer became an Italian citizen by naturalisation?

Sir J. Grigg

No, Sir, I have none yet.

Mr. Shinwell

Could my right hon. Friend, at the same time, give us a little more information about other admirers of Mussolini?

Mr. Ellis Smith

Can we be informed how long this man had been serving in this rank during the war?

Sir J. Grigg

He has not been serving in this rank during the war. He is retired and his retired pay has been suspended since 31st March, 1940.