HC Deb 24 March 1944 vol 398 c1218W
Sir R. Glyn

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether his attention has been called to the departure for Italy last week of the Marchese Malaspina, first secretary of the Italian Legation in Dublin; by what route enemy diplomats are able to return to report to their respective Governments; and whether, under present circumstances, they are exempted from the recent decisions regarding travel to and from Eire.

Mr. Eden

The Marquess Malaspina left his post at Dublin last week for England en route for Southern Italy on instructions from the Italian Government, who at the Allies' request, are for the sake of economy reducing the staffs of their diplomatic missions abroad. It is therefore hardly accurate to describe him as an enemy diplomat returning to report to his Government. The answer to the last part of the Question is in the negative.