§ Mr. Bartlett
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he can give the House any information about the widespread resistance to Nazi occupation of their country amongst the workers in Northern Italy.
§ Mr. Eden
The House will understand my anxiety to avoid saying anything which might prejudice the future activities of our friends in German-occupied Italy. Enemy reports published in this country have admitted that strikes have taken place recently in Northern Italy. I do not propose to enlarge upon the facts stated in these reports, except to say that they probably minimise the extent and duration of these strikes. The latter are regarded by His Majesty's Government as a most encouraging sign of increasing unity, organisation and determination among the patriot elements in their resistance to the Germans and their Republican-Fascist accomplices.