Oral Answers to Questions — Asia Minor.

– in the House of Commons on 5th November 1919.

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Photo of Colonel Josiah Wedgwood Colonel Josiah Wedgwood , Newcastle-under-Lyme

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asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the present state of affairs in Asia Minor between the Greeks, Italians, French, Armenians, and Arabs, he could see his way to make a clear statement of our general obligations to our French and Arab Allies and as to what protection we could afford to Christian and Moslem minorities?

Photo of Mr Bonar Law Mr Bonar Law , Glasgow Central

I cannot add anything to the answers which have already been given on this subject.

Photo of Viscount  Turnour Viscount Turnour , Horsham and Worthing

May I ask whether the difficulty of answering these questions within the limits of a Parliamentary answer does not reinforce the request that this House should have an opportunity of discussing the whole situation?

Photo of Mr Bonar Law Mr Bonar Law , Glasgow Central

Yes, certainly; it does reinforce the request. It is a question simply of whether it is wise. The Government are quite ready to do what the House wishes in the matter.

Photo of Mr William Ormsby-Gore Mr William Ormsby-Gore , Stafford

Is it not a fact that the Syrian question has been discussed in the French Chamber with great advantage to the Allies and to an understanding between France and this country?

Photo of Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy , Kingston upon Hull Central

Has it not also been fully debated in the Congress of the North American Republic?

Photo of Mr Bonar Law Mr Bonar Law , Glasgow Central

I believe it has been debated, but I should not agree with my hon. Friend that the discussion on Syria was altogether advantageous.