HC Deb 04 May 1882 vol 269 c92

asked the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies, Whether, under the terms of the proposed new Constitution for the Government of Cyprus, as formulated in an official Despatch dated 10th March, 1882, Jews resident in the island will be qualified to sit in the local council, or to vote at elections, or in other manner to perform the ordinary duties of citizenship; and, whether the construction of Paragraph 4 of the said Despatch, forwarded by the Earl of Kimberley to Sir Robert Biddulph, does not exclude Jews from any participation whatever in the administration of local affairs?


Sir, there are only 69 Jews in the Island of all ages and both sexes. In the Despatch mentioned the population is divided into Christian and Mahommedan; but in the formal Constitution the division will be between Mahommedan and non-Mahommedan, and the Jews will vote among the latter,