§ SIR ELLIS ASHMEAD-BARTLETT (Sheffield, Ecclesall)
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, what steps the Great Powers, and especially Her Majesty's Government, are taking to provide the necessary funds and military protection to enable the dispossessed and ruined Mussulmans of Crete to return to their former properties?
§ MR. BRODRICK
The question of providing funds to enable the Mussulman Cretans to return to their villages is a matter for the consideration of the High Commissioner in framing his Budget, the particulars of which have not been yet received by Her Majesty's Government, who are ready in conjunction with the other Powers to consider any reasonable proposals. A sum of 1,000,000 francs has been advanced by each of the four Powers for the expenses of the High Commissioners' administration to be eventually recovered by a loan. Some expenditure has already been incurred toward repatriation. The necessary protection to Mussulmans or Christians in Crete will be afforded.