§ MR. JOHN ELLIS (Nottingham, Rushcliffe)
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs—(1) whether the Secretary of State has seen the letter, dated 22rid February, of Her Majesty's Ambassador at Constantinople to the Treasurer of the Grosvenor House Armenian Relief Fund, with respect to the terrible distress existing at Zeitun; (2) whether it is true that the Turkish Government resolutely declined to grant passports to private individuals who desire to proceed to the districts of outrage and distress; and (3) whether, under these circumstances, Her Majesty's Government will dispatch medical and consular officers with a view of seeing that any financial aid sent out from this country is properly distributed and applied?
The answer to the first Question is in the affirmative. Her Majesty's Ambassador has not reported to us in the sense of the second paragraph. Representations have recently been made that the money distributed for relief has in one district been seized by the Turkish authorities for the payment of taxes. Sir P. Currie is being consulted on the subject.