Residency (Bagdad).

Oral Answers to Questions — Iraq. – in the House of Commons on 28th November 1922.

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Photo of Mr Carlyon Bellairs Mr Carlyon Bellairs , Maidstone

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asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies what is the estimated cost of the new residency for the High Commissioner in Bagdad?

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

The total cost is approximately £167,000, inclusive of about £60,000 for the site. In addition to this a sum of £15,000 was provided in the Middle Eastern Services Vote for the current financial year for the completion of certain outbuildings and quarters for certain officials of the High Commissioner's staff and £8,000 for repairs and maintenance of existing buildings and offices. A saving on this year's provision is anticipated. The commitment was authorised in 1919. It should be explained that the Residency besides being the official residence of the High Commissioner himself contains office accommodation for the whole of his staff.

Photo of Captain William Benn Captain William Benn , Leith

Is this pursuing the policy of cutting down anywhere we can which was announced last week?

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

As I have explained, this commitment was entered into in 1919, and the present Government are in no way responsible for it.