HC Deb 18 November 1968 vol 773 cc189-90W
53. Mr. Paul B. Rose

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information he has received concerning the continued detention of five British nationals at Ban, Italy, in respect of smuggling charges after nine months; and whether he will make representations to the Italian authorities for an early trial date to be fixed.

Mr. William Whitlock

The five men were arrested on the 3rd of January and are still in detention. They are all legally represented. Our Consul in Ban has pressed the Italian authorities on several occasions for an early trial. They have told him that the trial is now expected to take place in December.