§ Mr. I. Thomas
asked the Secretary of State for War whether, in view of the end of the war in Europe and the need for re-establishing democratic forms throughout the whole of Italy, he will take steps to ensure that political leaders who make speeches are not arrested by the Allied Military Government.
§ Sir J. Grigg
Allied Military Government is responsible for the maintenance of order in areas under its control, and I am satisfied that the provision that political meetings in those areas require its prior consent is reasonable and does not conflict with re-establishment of democracy in Italy. I assume my hon. Friend is referring to the arrest of Signor Nenni. He will be aware from the answer I gave the hon. Members for West Leyton (Mr. Sorenson) and Broxtowe (Mr. Cocks) on 30th May that Signor Nenni was arrested because he deliberately disregarded the above provision.