13. Mr. MacCALLUM SCOTT
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the Turkish Government has decided to engage as advisers and inspectors for the Ministry of the Interior Austrian, English, and French specialists; and whether the Turkish Embassies have already been commissioned to make the necessary arrangements with the Governments of the three Powers for obtaining them?
§ The UNDER-SECRETARY Of STATE for FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Mr. Acland)
His Majesty's Government have received from the Turkish Government a request for the services of three British subjects in connection with a commission of inspection for the Ministry of the Interior. This request is under consideration. I have not heard that similar applications have been made to other Governments.
14. Mr. MacCALLUM SCOTT
asked whether the British Government has decided not to give its consent to the entrance of English instructors into the service of the Turkish gendarmerie unless they are authorised to take the initiative and to act independently in the discharge of their functions; whether the Government of the Porte has refused to accede to that condition; and whether negotiations on the subject are still going on between the British Foreign Office and the Turkish minister of Foreign Affairs?
§ Mr. ACLAND
I have as yet nothing positive to add to the reply returned on the 11th instant to the hon. Member for North Norfolk, but I may add that the answers at present to the hon. Member's questions are in the negative.
§ Mr. JAMES HOPE
Does the hon. Gentleman contemplate that these officers will have the same status as the gendarmerie officers whose presence was dispensed with in 1908? I do not press for an answer.
§ Mr. ACLAND
The point we are considering, I believe, is obtaining for them a better status than before.