§ LORD BALCARRES (Lancashire, Chorley)
On behalf of the hon. Member for the St. Andrews Burghs, I beg to ask the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what reply he has had from the Turkish Government to his request for the repayment of the £15,000 ransom paid to the brigands for the release of Mr. Abbott; and whether he will ask for compensation from the Turkish Government for this gentleman.
§ MR. RUNCIMAN
No reply has yet been received from the Ottoman Government to the request which has been addressed to them for the reimbursement of the sum advanced for Mr. Abbott's ransom. With regard to the question of compensation, my right hon. friend has nothing to add to the statement which he made to the hon. Member on the 2nd instant, † Our demand is, as on previous occasions, for the repayment of the sum actually expended.