HC Deb 23 July 1907 vol 178 c1356

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he can and will use his good offices to ensure that no portion of the £450,000 to £500,000 extra revenue which the Forte will receive in consequence of the increase of the Customs duties to which Britain was the consenting party most concerned, is used as a kilometric guarantee for the further prosecution of the Baghdad railway, unless and until the construction of the Gulf section is guaranteed to this country, together with a proper and preponderating influence in the whole Mesopotamian section.


As shown in the Papers recently presented to Parliament, the portion of the increased Customs duties which reverts to the Ottoman Government is earmarked for Macedonia.