§ 24. Mr. ORMSBY-GORE
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has any information to give the House with regard to the progress of the civil war in Brazil; whether the American Government has sent a warship to protect the lives of American nationals; and whether the British Government intend to do the same for the protection of British nationals whose lives may be in danger?
§ The PRIME MINISTER
The insurrection in Brazil appears to be confined to the district of Sao Paulo, with the exception of the town of Aracaju. The Government troops are reported to be again in possession of the greater part of the 855 town of Sao Paulo. The town is quiet, good order being preserved, and arrangements are being made for food. The port of Santos is open, although it is understood to be almost impossible to load and discharge cargoes. The hon. Member has, no doubt, seen the official Brazilian communiqués which have appeared in the Press. So far as I am aware, the United States have not sent a warship to Brazil in connection with the insurrection. One of His Majesty's ships will be sent to a Brazilian port should this appear to be necessary. I should like to add that the situation is being closely watched by His Majesty's Ambassador.