§ SIR EDWARD SASSOON (Hythe)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will see that British interests in Asia Minor are safe guarded with special reference to the avoidance of any monopoly in railway construction, with exclusive advantage to any single Power.
§ MR. J. A. PEASE (for Sir Edward Grey) Essex, Saffron Walden;
My right hon. friend is not aware that any railways have been constructed with exclusive advantage to any single Power. The last concession for railway construction in Asia Minor was granted to a British company. My right hon. friend is fully alive to the importance of safe guarding British interests in Asiatic Turkey; but he is not aware that any concessions for railways likely to prove detrimental to those interests have been granted recently.