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Italy (Yugoslavs)

Volume 436: debated on Wednesday 30 April 1947

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs the number of displaced persons in Italy of Yugoslav origin; the number which have been classified as war criminals; and the number still to be screened.

As regards the first part of the Question, I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply which was given on 23rd April to a similar question from the hon. and gallant Member for Lewes (Major Beamish). No Yugoslavs in Italy have been classified as war criminals. Seventy-seven have been classified as traitors and quislings by the British and United States Governments, and 22 of them have been apprehended and surrendered. Approximately one-third of the British-held Yugoslavs have been screened in Italy and the rest are being dealt with in Germany. It is hoped that British and United States teams will soon start screening Allied Commission Camps. The screening of persons who are at large in Italy is not a British or Allied responsibility.