HC Deb 16 February 1937 vol 320 c1010W
Mr. Mander

asked the Home Secretary whether, in view of the fact that the Foreign Enlistment Act, 1870, is in force in all the Dominions, steps are being taken by the British Government to prevent Dominion nationals leaving or passing through this country, in defiance of the law, for Spain?

Sir J. Simon

There is no power to prevent a British subject from landing in this country, nor can any person be prevented from leaving the country except in circumstances which would justify his arrest. But if in any case information is available to justify proceedings under the Foreign Enlistment Act, the law will be enforced impartially against any British subject within the jurisdiction, whether he is resident in the United Kingdom or merely passing through this country.

Captain Ramsay

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether, in view of the fact that General Franco not only represents more of Spain politically than the régime of the left, but is actually in possession and control of about three-quarters of that country, His Majesty's Government are prepared to enter into formal diplomatic relations with General Franco?

Viscount Cranborne

No, Sir.