Asia Minor.

Oral Answers to Questions — Ireland. – in the House of Commons on 13th July 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 Prime Minister if he is aware of the injury to British trade that is being caused by the continuance of military and naval warfare in Asia Minor and the coasts thereof; whether any progress towards agreement was made during his discussions with Signor Schanzer on the question of Greece and Turkey in London last week; whether he can make any statement on the subject; and whether the question of offering Cyprus to Greece in exchange for Smyrna has been considered by His Majesty's Government?

Photo of Mr David Lloyd George Mr David Lloyd George , Caernarvon District of Boroughs

The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative and to the third and fourth parts in the negative. As regards the second part, the exchange of views with the Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs was undoubtedly favourable to the prospects of agreement.

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

What is being done now in reference to bringing about peace between these belligerents? Are we taking any steps to call a fresh conference, or what are we doing?

Photo of Mr David Lloyd George Mr David Lloyd George , Caernarvon District of Boroughs

That question has been repeatedly answered by the hon. Gentleman the Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs.

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

Has the statement in the "Times" this morning, that it is proposed to hold a conference actually in Turkey on this question, any truth in it?

Photo of Colonel Charles Yate Colonel Charles Yate , Melton

Is there any question of offering Cyprus to Greece?