§ 3. Mr. Price-White
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what conditions were attached to the visas of the artistes of the San Carlos Opera Company of Naples on their recent visit to this country; on which artistes such conditions were imposed; and what steps he takes to prevent entry into this country of artistes who have been found to have had active connection or sympathy with the former Fascist regime in Italy.
§ Mr. Ede
Conditions, if any, are attached, not to the grant of a British 1937 visa, but to the grant of leave to land. In the case of this party, numbering about a hundred, the conditions were that they all registered at once with the police, accepted only approved engagements and left the country within a specified period. The part) was not known to include persons having active sympathy with the Fascist régime.
§ Mr. Price-White
While I appreciate the steps which have been taken, may I ask the right hon. Gentleman whether he is aware that the celebrated tenor, Signor Gigli, who accompanied the San Carlos Company as a guest artiste, as recently as 1943 wrote and published a book entitled, "Why I am a Fascist"? Were steps taken to ensure that this gentleman had changed his views before entry to this country in competition with our own artistes?
§ Mr. Rhys Davies
Is my right hon. Friend aware that Gigli is the greatest tenor alive? Is it suggested that Welsh singers should be prevented from going to sing in Italy because they supported Tory candidates?