§ MR. FLYNN
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, whether he has any information as to the truth of the statement that at the opening of the Convocation of Canea, the speech of the Vali was read in the Turkish tongue, though Creek is the language prescribed by the Halifa constitution; and, if so, whether, taking into account the vital importance of inducing both sections of the Assembly to work in harmony, the conduct of the Turkish authorities will form the subject of investigation by the representatives of the Powers?
Her Majesty's Consul in Crete has reported that the Assembly met on the 13th inst., and that contrary to precedent the opening-speech was delivered in Turkish, an innovation against which the Christian deputies remonstrated. The speech was subsequently read in Greek. The representatives of the Powers at Constantinople, when full information has reached them, will no doubt consider whether this matter should form the subject of investigation.
thought that the information of the hon. Member was incorrect. He believed that the Convocation was sitting at the present time.