§ SIR J. GOLDSMID (St. Pancras, S.)
In the absence of the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, perhaps the right hon. Gentleman the Undersecretary of State for the Colonies can answer the question whether riots are taking place against the Jews of Corfu, some of whom are British subjects; whether houses occupied by them have not already been fired; whether others are threatened; and whether the Government will take steps to represent to the Greek authorities the necessity for prompt protection? Perhaps I may be allowed to supplement the question by asking in reference to later information published whether it is true that one unfortunate Jew has been murdered, and others have been starved to death?
§ THE UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE COLONIES (Baron H. de WORMS,) Liverpool, East Toxteth
Information has reached Her Majesty's Government to the same effect as that which has appeared in the Press. Several attempts are stated to have been made to fire the Jewish quarter, but hitherto, fortunately, without success. Her Majesty's Minister at Athens has made representations to the Greek Government on the subject, and the Admiral in the Mediterranean has been instructed to send a ship of war to Corfu to cooperate with the Consul for the protection of British Jews. With regard to the supplemental question, I have not the information required to answer it. Inquiries will be made.
§ Subsequently, Sir J. GOLDSMID renewed his supplementary question.
§ BARON H. DE WORMS
A telegram has just been received at the Foreign Office to the effect that a Jew has been killed by Greeks armed with revolvers, and that the Greek Government has supplied assistance to destitute Jews who are suffering from starvation, which has caused some deaths.