The scope of the work of the proposed United Nations Commission for the investigation of war crimes is a matter for decision by all the Allied Governments concerned. It will not be for His Majesty's Government to submit to the Commission evidence of war crimes committed neither in British territory nor against British subjects.
His Majesty's Government recently consulted the United States and Soviet Governments with a view to issuing a warning to certain neutral countries against providing shelter or protection to Mussolini, prominent Fascists and other war criminals, who might try to seek asylum in neutral territory. As a result of these consultations, His Majesty's Representatives at Angora, Berne, Buenos Aires, Lisbon, Madrid, Stockholm and the Vatican were instructed to make a com-
munication in the following terms to the Governments to which they are accredited:
In view of developments in Italy and the possibility that Mussolini and other prominent Fascists and persons guilty of war crimes may attempt to take refuge in neutral territory, His Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom feel obliged to call upon all neutral countries to refuse asylum to any such persons; and to declare that they will regard any shelter, assistance or protection given to such persons as a violation of the principles for which the United Nations are fighting and which they are determined to carry into effect by every means in their power.
Will my right hon. Friend consider going further than the statement he has made and declare that any action by neutrals on those lines will be looked upon as a definitely unfriendly act?
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what replies have been received to the Notes sent by Great Britain and other Allied Governments to the neutral Powers calling upon them not to give asylum to war criminals; and in this connection, whether he is aware that Ribbentrop has recently been negotiating the purchase of a villa in Switzerland?
How is it that the Foreign Office is so often without information on matters which are known to the public, whose information is subsequently proved to be correct? Is he also aware that Hitler has just stated that giving the right of asylum is one of the most prized rights of neutral Powers?