§ 1. Sir J. D. REES
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, what steps, if any, have been taken to occupy the now neutral zone north of the Persian Gulf with concessions, so as to ensure to British commerce that which is actually within its sphere?
§ The UNDER-SECRETARY of STATE for FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Mr. Acland)
His Majesty's Government are not themselves seeking to obtain any concessions in Persia, but they will of course support, where feasible and desirable, applications made by British subjects for concessions outside the Russian sphere in Persia. The only new concession at present being applied for is that for a railway from Mohammerah to Khoremmabad.
§ Sir J. D. REES
May I ask the hon. Gentleman whether the Foreign Office have taken any steps in the matter, as we are very likely to find the ground occupied when British concessionaires come forward?
§ Mr. ACLAND
That is rather a matter of argument, and I should be glad if the hon. Gentleman would put a question on the Paper.