Iraq.

Oral Answers to Questions — National Expenditure. – in the House of Commons on 21st February 1922.

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

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether any steps have yet been taken to call a constituent assembly together in Iraq; and what is the Government's present policy on this subject?

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Dundee

It is hoped that a representative assembly will meet in Bagdad very shortly. The electoral law has been completed; elections are now being held for the municipal bodies, whose business it will be to carry out the provisions of the electoral law in the towns; and it is anticipated that the elections for the assembly itself will be held almost at once.

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

Is the franchise given to the voters in the Iraq as liberal as that given to voters of a similar character in Palestine?

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Dundee

I should like notice of that question.