Mr. L. MALONE:34.
asked the Prime Minister whether His Majesty's Government has had before it proposals to permit Greece to obtain credits under the Trade Facilities Act with a British guarantee; and whether, in view of the hostilities between Greece and Turkey and the urgent necessity of concluding peace with the Turkish people and not estranging Moslem sentiment, he will assure the House that no further financial assistance will be given to the Greeks until peaceful relations are established between Greece and Turkey?
In answer to the first part of the question, I understand that the application of the Greek Government is before the Advisory Committee under the Trade Facilities Act. I cannot anticipate the decision of the Committee upon the application. In answer to the second part of the question, there is no intention on the part of His Majesty's Government to make a loan to the Greek Government.
My hon. Friend, the latest Turcophile addition to the Radical party, suggests munitions, but is it not the fact that munitions have been supplied by Allied Powers to the Kemalists, in order to make war on Greece in Asia Minor, thus subjecting the Christians in the Near East once more to butchery by the Turks?
The Trade Facilities Act was passed with a view to promoting British trade, and it was solely to meet the object of the Act that it was possible to consider the application at all, as it might lead to orders being placed in this country. With regard to the latter part of the question, I can only say that such a statement has undoubtedly appeared.