§ MR. T. G. ASHTON (Beds, Luton)
I beg to ask the First Lord of the Treasury whether, in view of the statement made by the First Lord of the Admiralty that we are relieved under the Cyprus Convention of 1878 of any engagement under that Convention to defend the integrity of the Sultan's dominions in Asia Minor, and in view of the statement in the Cyprus Convention that the Island of Cyprus was assigned to be occupied and administered by England in order to enable England to make necessary provision for the execution of such engagement, it is now the intention of the Government to evacuate the Island of Cyprus?
§ THE FIRST LORD OF THE TREASURY (Mr. A. J. BALFOUR,) Manchester, E.
The answer is in the negative. We have no intention of the kind.
§ MR. T. W. LEGH (Lancashire, Newton)
May I ask whether it is not the fact that the evacuation of Cyprus depends upon the Russians evacuating their latest conquests in Asia Minor?