Ibn Saud (Subsidy).

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

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Lieut.-CommanderKENWORTHY:

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asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies what subsidies are now being paid to Ibn Saud and to other Arab potentates, respectively, including the Sheruf of Mecca and King Hussein; and whether it is intended to continue these payments?

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

The only subsidy now paid is that of £5,000 a month to Ibn Saud. There is no present intention of discontinuing this payment. No subsidy is being paid to King Hussein, who is also Grand Sheruf of Mecca.

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

Is there no means of altering the policy so as to save this payment of £5,000 to this independent potentate?

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

As stated in the reply to the question, subsidies have already been abolished in the case of all the other Arab potentates, which is a cutting-down. This is a rather large question of policy, which must be reviewed before we can suddenly discontinue the present arrangement.

Photo of Mr William Pringle Mr William Pringle , Penistone

Is this the only potentate who refuses to keep quiet without a subsidy?

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

I have no reason to suppose that that statement is in the least accurate.