§ MR. HOWARD VINCENT (Sheffield, Central)
asked the Under Secre- 787 tary of State for Foreign Affairs a Question of which he had given him private Notice—namely, Whether the reports quoted in the English papers from French sources that England intends establishing a coaling station at Phasos, in the Ægean Sea, and collecting provisions there, and also contemplates the occupation of certain Islands in the Dardanelles, are true?
§ THE UNDER SECRETARY (Sir JAMES FERGUSSON) (Manchester, N.E.)
I am much obliged to my hon. Friend for having given me this opportunity of saying that the only foundation upon which these reports rest is pure invention.