Greece (Loans).

Oral Answers to Questions — Ex-Service Men. – in the House of Commons on 2nd March 1922.

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Mr. DOYLE:

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if his attention has been called to the fact that the attempt to float a Greek loan of £15,000,000 in London is greatly resented by Moslems alike in the Near and Far East, and is taken to indicate sympathy with the Greek Government in its crusade against Turkey and Mahommedanism; and will he reconsider the policy of this loan?

Photo of Sir Robert Horne Sir Robert Horne , Glasgow Hillhead

In accordance with the general policy of His Majesty's Government not to intervene in the matter of issues of loans in the London market, it is open either to Greece or to Turkey (including the Angora Government) to raise loans in London if the market is willing to lend, and no question of the political sympathies of His Majesty's Government arises.

Mr. DOYLE:

May I have an answer to the latter part of the question?

Photo of Mr T.P. O'Connor Mr T.P. O'Connor , Liverpool Scotland

May I ask my right hon. Friend a supplementary question? In this question to-day, the statement is made that to indicate sympathy with the Greek Government is crusading against the Turks and the Mahommedans. Is it not the fact that the Greek Government has placed itself entirely in the hands of the British Government as a mediator for the purpose of bringing to an end the struggle between themselves and the Turkish forces?

Photo of Sir Robert Horne Sir Robert Horne , Glasgow Hillhead

I am afraid that does not arise on a question relating to a financial loan.

Photo of Mr John Whitley Mr John Whitley , Halifax

That question is not one that should be addressed to the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Photo of Mr John Whitley Mr John Whitley , Halifax

Perhaps the hon. Gentleman will put his question down.

Photo of Mr T.P. O'Connor Mr T.P. O'Connor , Liverpool Scotland

Yes, I will put it down; but may I explain that I only intervened for the purpose of challenging what I thought was an entire misrepresentation of the facts. [HON. MEMBERS: "Order, order!"]

Mr. DOYLE:

I see the Attorney-General present. May I have an answer from him. [HON. MEMBEUS: "Order, order!"]