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Mediterranean (Anglo-Italian Agreement)

Volume 344: debated on Wednesday 1 March 1939

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asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty if, following the entry into force of the Anglo-Italian Agreement any plans for increasing the British naval forces in the Mediterranean, or any projected new defence works at Malta, Port Said, and in the Red Sea have been suspended?

No increase in the British naval forces in the Mediterranean was in contemplation prior to the Anglo-Italian Agreement and none has, therefore, been abandoned subsequent to it. No projected new defence works for which the Admiralty is responsible at Malta, Port Said, or in the Red Sea have been suspended following the agreement.