§ 19. Mr. Stokes
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has considered the letter sent him by the Archbishop of Westminster concerning the recent trial of, and sentences on, Archbishop Stepinac and others; and what reply has been sent.
§ Mr. Stokes
Having read that reply, may I ask my right hon. Friend to consider making representations to the Yugoslav Government, in view of the fact that the archbishop was our constant ally in 1941, during the worst of the crisis, and thereafter, at a time when the Orthodox Church, which is now comme il faut with the Tito Government, was shaking hands with Mussolini; and will my right hon. Friend bear in mind that the evidence brought against the archbishop would have been turned down in any decent court of law?
§ Sir Patrick Hannon
Has the Foreign Secretary received any report from His Majesty's Ambassador in Belgrade on this savage trial which took place before the tribunal in Yugoslavia?
§ Mr. Godfrey Nicholson
On a point of Order. The hon. Member for Ipswich (Mr. Stokes) included in his supplementary question just now an attack on another branch of the Church. Is not that to be deprecated?
§ Mr. Speaker
This is a difficult matter; after all, we have no right to interfere with trials of non-British subjects in a foreign country.