Mr Cecil Harmsworth: After the Armistice.They can go at any time they like.
Mr Cecil Harmsworth: After the evacuation period, which will be a peaceful period, as I hope, the nations will appoint commissioners for the more permanent supervision of the welfare of the minorities in those districts. All I have to say to my Noble Friend the Member for Hitchin (Lord R. Cecil) and my hon. Friend the Member for Isle of Ely (Captain Coote) is this: I do not understand why these apprehensions that...
Mr Cecil Harmsworth: I would refer my hon. Friend to the answer given on the subject in the first part of my reply of yesterday to the hon. and gallant Member for New-castle-under-Lyme.
Mr Cecil Harmsworth: The Greek Government have categorically denied these allegations of the Turkish Government, and have informed His Majesty's Government that severe measures have been taken to prevent the export of sheep and cattle from Asia Minor.
Mr Cecil Harmsworth: The Greek Government have accepted the armistice proposal. The Angora Government have accepted in principle the proposal for an armistice, and have expressed their readiness to send delegates to a conference to examine conditions of peace, but they have qualified their acceptance by the proviso that Greek evacuation of Anatolia shall begin at once and be completed within four months....
Mr Cecil Harmsworth: I think the Greek Government is aware of the conditions.
Mr Cecil Harmsworth: That I cannot answer at the moment. The reply is conditional.
Mr Cecil Harmsworth: No, I have no information as to that statement.
Mr Cecil Harmsworth: We are in the provisional stage of negotiations. I think the conditions proposed are satisfactory.
Mr Cecil Harmsworth: His Majesty's Government have no knowledge of such an agreement.
Mr Cecil Harmsworth: If my hon. Friend will read the communiqué issued to the Press after the Paris meeting, he will see that the intention is that the Gallipoli Peninsula should be Greek territory, but demilitarised and occupied by an Allied garrison. The answer to the last part of the question is in the negative.
Mr Cecil Harmsworth: In general, all European countries require travellers to possess passports. Special arrangements have been made dispensing with this requirement for day and week-end excursions to Calais, Boulogne, Dieppe and Ostend. British travellers do not require visas for France or Belgium, and will not require visas for Switzerland after 15th April.
Mr Cecil Harmsworth: No; I do not think any such arrangement has been made with Holland.
Mr Cecil Harmsworth: I am afraid I cannot answer that question.
Mr Cecil Harmsworth: In such cases a recommendation may be dispensed with at the discretion of the Consular officer.
Mr Cecil Harmsworth: I will consider whether such an instruction can be given.
Mr Cecil Harmsworth: The answer to the first part of the question is in the negative. Perhaps my Noble Friend will furnish me with particulars.
Mr Cecil Harmsworth: No answer has been received from Turkey.
Mr Cecil Harmsworth: I would refer the hon. Member to the first paragraph of the official communiqué issued by the Conference at Paris on 26th March, where it is stated that conversations took place with the representatives both of Greece and Turkey. As the Bulgarian Treaty was not under discussion, no representative of Bulgaria was consulted.
Mr Cecil Harmsworth: The Noble Lord has mistaken the object of Article 54 of the Treaty of Neuilly, which is to protect persons of alien race, religion or language resident in Bulgaria. The protection of persons of alien race, religion or language resident in Serbia and Greece is secured by special Treaties with those two countries. The second part of the question does not therefore arise.