Mr Cecil Harmsworth: In that connection, as illustrations, no doubt some references to these events are advisable, but I strongly deprecate anything in the nature of a first-class or full-dress Debate on the deplorable events that have occurred on both sides in that part of the world. With reference to the remark which fell from my hon. and gallant Friend the Member for Central Hull (Lieut. - Commander...
Mr Cecil Harmsworth: I prefer not to go into that, at the moment. On consideration I think that when hon. Members are disposed to visit their wrath, as is perhaps natural, on their own Government and then on the Allied Governments for the procrastination, delay, remissions, and carelessness that has taken place they ought to have in mind first of all the immense difficulties of conducting what I may call peace...
Mr Cecil Harmsworth: Bimbashi W. F. Cunliffe Cave, while returning home about 1.30 p.m. on 24th May, was shot dead in that quarter of Cairo where most of the Egyptian Ministries are situated. His assailants, who are reported to have been three in number, escaped. Within the last three months attempts have been made on the lives of no fewer than seven British subjects in Cairo, but in no instance have any arrests...
Mr Cecil Harmsworth: Yes, Sir, I think I may confidently say that.
Mr Cecil Harmsworth: The Egyptian Government would be the normal authority, but I can assure the hon. Gentleman that Lord Allenby regards this matter as a most serious one, and he is taking every possible step in regard to it.
Mr Cecil Harmsworth: I am not sure of that I will look into it.
Mr Cecil Harmsworth: Reference to the Articles mentioned will show that it is misleading to suggest that the Reparation Commission have power to enforce economic cooperation between the successor states. Such co-operation was, however, the object of the Conference held last October at Porto Rose, which His Majesty's Government did everything possible to encourage. I hope that the results of the Genoa Conference...
Mr Cecil Harmsworth: The Parliamentary Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department was present.
Mr Cecil Harmsworth: He is an Under Secretary of State.
Mr Cecil Harmsworth: The only action of the kind that has come to my notice is the censorship exercised by the Allied military authorities (including the Belgian) in occupied Germany for military reasons. I am not aware than any practical inconvenience has been caused. The answer to the last part of the question is in the negative.
Mr Cecil Harmsworth: The Vatican are apprehensive as to the adequate protection in Palestine of the rights of Catholic and other Christian confessions, and are distrustful of the Zionist position. No official information has been received regarding the second part of the question.
Mr Cecil Harmsworth: I will inquire about that matter.
Mr Cecil Harmsworth: If, as I presume, my hon. Friend refers to the inter-Allied censorship at Constantinople, my latest information was to the effect that the censorship was in force and being applied without discrimination.
Mr Cecil Harmsworth: I think I can, in a few words, set at rest the doubts of the hon. and gallant Member for Stoke (Lieut.-Colonel J. Ward) and some other hon. Members who raised this question on the Second Reading of the Bill. I might take this opportunity of apologising to those hon. Members for my not having been present on that occasion. I should certainly have been in my place if I had known that anyone was...
Mr Cecil Harmsworth: Perhaps the hon. and gallant Member was not in the House when I made the very statement for which he asks.
Mr Cecil Harmsworth: The answer to the first part of the question is in the negative. The latter part does not therefore arise.
Mr Cecil Harmsworth: The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. As regards the actual terms, I would refer the hon. Member to the communiqué on this subject issued by the Department of State at Washington on 14th May, which was published in the Press of yesterday.
Mr Cecil Harmsworth: As was stated in the Pronouncement issued by the Conference at Paris, the military arrangements for assuring the peaceful evacuation of the Smyrna district can be put into execution without delay.
Mr Cecil Harmsworth: Because I had no evidence that it had happened.
Mr Cecil Harmsworth: I shall not attempt in the few words I shall say to the House to go into any matter that is in the slightest degrees controversial. It is not difficult for my hon. Friend the Member for the Scotland Division (Mr. O'Connor) to advocate with his usual eloquence and fervour the cause of Greece, nor for the hon. Member for East Nottingham (Sir J. D. Rees) to advocate, with wit, the cause of the...