HC Deb 12 May 1952 vol 500 cc75-6W
24. Mr. Driberg

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether his representations to the Italian Government on behalf of a number of British seamen recently detained by the police at Naples included any protest against the action of the Italian police in taking these men to court in chains.

Mr. Eden

Representations were made to the Italian authorities before the trial took place with a view to expediting the trial. These representations were successful; and as a result the men, though sentenced to 10 months imprisonment, were immediately released. In these circumstances no representations have been made since the trial.