§ 6. Mr. Arthur Henderson
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has received any note from the Spanish Government with reference to the presence of four Italian divisions in Spain; and whether he will make a statement thereon?
§ 15. Mr. Cocks
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has considered the note presented by the Spanish Government to the effect that four Italian divisions are now taking part in the offensive on the Guadalajara front, that two more are due to arrive, and that the Italian and German fleets are planning to attack Barcelona and Valencia; and whether he can make any statement on the matter?
§ 7. Mr. Henderson
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether any reply has been received from General Franco's authorities to the protest addressed to them by His Majesty's Ambassador at Hendaye against their failure to notify His Majesty's Government of their intention to lay, mines in waters remote from ports in regard to which warnings had been previously issued; and whether he will state the nature of the reply?
§ Mr. Henderson
Is it not a fact that in this situation British mercantile ships are placed in great danger, having regard to the fact that these mines have been placed indiscriminately?
§ 9. Mr. Mander
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is now able to state which of His Majesty's ships will maintain touch with His Majesty's diplomatic and consular representatives at Valencia, Barcelona, Palma, and elsewhere in Spanish ports during the next few weeks?
§ Mr. Eden
It has been arranged that His Majesty's hospital ship "Maine" together with at least one destroyer and one depot ship, shall be available on the north-east coast of Spain and Majorca for the purpose to which the hon. Member refers. In addition to these, I understand that a cruiser is at present available.
§ Mr. Mander
Will they be sending regular reports to the Government as to what takes place out there?
Will the right hon. Gentleman ask the hon. Member who put the question whether he will give his support for a bigger and better Navy?
§ 10. Mr. Cocks
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has now received any information from the British authorities in Cadiz, Gibraltar, and elsewhere as to the landing of strong Italian forces in Spain since the imposition of the ban on 20th February; and, if not, will he ask these authorities for information on the subject?
§ Mr. Eden
I have received a report from Gibraltar, to the effect that an Italian vessel arrived at Cadiz on 5th March with an unknown number of men on board. I am making further inquiries on this subject. Apart from this particular matter the authorities at Gibraltar reported yesterday that they had no confirmation of any landing of foreign personnel in Spain in contravention of the agreement regarding volunteers.
§ Mr. Ellis Smith
Will the right hon. Gentleman consider making a broadcast appeal to the peoples of the whole of Europe demanding that all foreign troops should be withdrawn from Spain?
§ Mr. Bellenger
Has the right hon. Gentleman observed reports that organised bodies of Italian troops have entered Spain, and is that not a matter for direct representations to the Italian Government, apart from the Non-Intervention Committee?
§ Mr. Shinwell
Does not the right hon. Gentleman agree that this particular instance is a confirmation of the indications that the Non-Intervention Pact is not being made effective?
§ Miss Wilkinson
Can the right hon. Gentleman give an indication as to whether there are any Italian troops in Spain?
§ 12. Mr. N. Maclean
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what interests Germany has to safeguard in the Mediterranean Sea, and if none, why Germany has been allotted a share with Italy of the patrol of the Mediterranean coast of Spain; what share of the patrol of this area has been allotted to Great Britain; and, if Great Britain has been excluded, whether he can state the reasons for such exclusion, in view of the British interests in the Mediterranean?
§ Mr. Eden
The plan of naval observation has been agreed to by all the nations represented on the Non-Intervention Committee as being the best that can be devised in the circumstances. It will 2041 be clear from the White Paper which has been recently issued that no question arises, or could arise, of the exclusion of British ships from the Mediterranean. British ships are, in fact, allotted a wide stretch of coast on the Mediterranean coast of Spain.
§ 13. Mr. Maclean
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether Great Britain was represented at the conference of European Powers held recently at Seville; whether he can state the purpose of this conference; and whether he is satisfied that no decisions detrimental to British trade with Spain were arrived at?
§ 14. Mr. Cocks
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he can now give an estimate as to the strength of the Italian and German forces fighting in Spain against the Spanish Government; and, if not, will he endeavour to obtain information on the subject from British authorities in Spain, Italy, and Germany?
§ 18. Mr. Mander
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what is the latest information in possession of the Government with regard to the number of foreigners now fighting in Spain?
§ Mr. Mander
Would it be a fair estimate to say that there are about 30,000 German troops and 100,000 Italian troops there, and that those are the only ones which arrived in units?