HC Deb 11 December 1906 vol 167 c130
MR. WEDGWOOD (Newcastle-under-Lyme)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will cause inquiries to be made into the credibility of the statement that, during the massacre and incendiarism at Karajovo, the Turkish troops quartered in the neighbouring villages neither saw nor heard anything of what was going on; and whether the military greatly exceeds the civil expenditure in Macedonia, and is therefore mainly responsible for the deficit in the Macedonian Budget, which it is proposed to defray out of new revenues to be derived from increased customs duties.


The statement is taken from the report of a gendarmerie officer. I do not see how any better information can be obtained. His Majesty's Government have already made strong representations to the Turkish Government urging the suppression of Greek bands. As regards the second part of the Question, it is true that the military exceeds the civil expenditure in the Macedonian vilayets. But both have been increased, the latter to a greater extent than the former, so that it cannot be said that the military expenditure is solely responsible for the deficit in the Budget.