HC Deb 30 September 1941 vol 374 c506W
Mr. Mander

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what diplomatic contacts exist at the present time between any of our Allies and the Vichy Government?

Mr. Law

It is not for me to answer for the international relations of the Allied Governments.

Sir R. Gower

asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the firing of Vichy guns on our aeroplanes crossing France to attack Italy, he can state exactly what are our relations with the Vichy Government?

Mr. Law

I have been asked to take this Question. I have no confirmation of the statement that Vichy guns have fired on our aircraft crossing France. The Vichy Government broke off diplomatic relations with His Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom in July, 1940, and they have not been resumed. Since that date British interests in unoccupied France have been protected by the United States Government.