HC Deb 12 November 1908 vol 196 c534
MR. LYNCH (Yorkshire, W.R., Ripon)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the Shah of Persia has announced his intention to promulgate a rescript abolishing the Constitution; whether the representations made by His Majesty's Government in concert with that of Russia to the Shah, having in view the summoning of a Parliament according to the Constitution, are being renewed; and whether it is proposed that any limitations should be placed on freedom of election and control by Parliament of the national Budget.

MR. HART-DAVIES (Hackney, N.)

I beg also to ask the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has any information that the Shah of Persia has abrogated the Persian Constitution, and refused to convoke the Parliament.


In reply to a petition presented on November 7th, the Shah promised to instruct the Grand Vizier in the sense desired by the petitioners, that is to say, that the Constitution should be abandoned; but he has not yet issued a rescript to this effect. Representations such as the hon. Member alludes to were renewed on 8th November, subsequent to the events described above, but were of a general character, and did not go into the constitutional details referred to in the last part of the Question.