HC Deb 01 April 1914 vol 60 c1165
8. Sir J. D. REES

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether his attention has been called to the speech in London of Mr. H. C. A. Eyres, Consul-General at Constantinople, in which that gentleman said he believed that Turkey was a decadent nation and the Turk was without a spark of progress, while, as far as Eastern peoples were concerned, there was nothing to be hoped from Turkish regeneration; whether such speeches commenting publicly on the affairs of the country in which he serves are permissible on the part of a Consul-General; whether any representations have been made by the Grand Vizier on the subject to the British Ambassador at Constantinople; and whether the Foreign Office has taken any and, if so, what official action in the matter?


My attention has been called to a speech made by Mr. Eyres at a private club in London. Representations with regard to it have been made by the Grand Vizier to His Majesty's Ambassador at Constantinople, and I am in communication with His Majesty's Ambassador on the subject.

Sir J. D. REES

Is any disciplinary action contemplated against this gentleman for his very irregular conduct?


A rather serious view is taken of the matter, but as it is, so to speak, still sub judice, I would rather not say anything more about it.