Oral Answers to Questions — Emir of Cyrenaica (Grants)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th October 1949.

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Photo of Mr Philip Piratin Mr Philip Piratin , Stepney Mile End 12:00 am, 24th October 1949

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what grants have been paid in recent years to the Emir of Cyrenaica; what other privileges and facilities have been granted to him and his family; and what is the explanation for this expenditure.

Photo of Mr Christopher Mayhew Mr Christopher Mayhew , Norfolk Southern

His Majesty's Government as the temporary administering Power under the Italian Peace Treaty are responsible for the financial administration of Cyrenaica and this includes the expenses of His Highness the Amir. Since 1947 the Amir has received a civil list of £25,000 per year and in addition he and his family have received a post-war rehabilitation and resettlement grant totaling £35,650.

Photo of Mr Philip Piratin Mr Philip Piratin , Stepney Mile End

Can the Minister explain why such benevolence took place on the part of his office towards the Emir, and why he cannot show such generosity to our own people?

Photo of Mr Christopher Mayhew Mr Christopher Mayhew , Norfolk Southern

The method which we have adopted is undoubtedly the most effective way of administering the territory.

Photo of Mr Emrys Hughes Mr Emrys Hughes , South Ayrshire

Is he to be recommended for a cut?