HC Deb 19 June 1950 vol 476 cc53-4W
54. Mr. Peter Freeman

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is aware that Italian arms found in Eritrea have been traced to an uninhabited island in the Massawa Archipelago, from which they are transported by night in Arab dhows to the mainland a few miles north of Massawa, and thence by camel to Keren, and that at least two consignments of modern rifles and ammunition have been delivered by this route for the use of Italian adherents; and whether he will take action to prevent such smuggling and consider whether the present practice of employing Italian police in Eritrea is justified in the interests of public order.

Mr. Ernest Davies

A report to this effect was current in April but upon investigation it was found to be quite untrue.