HC Deb 23 February 1914 vol 58 cc1373-4

asked if the French financial boycott of Turkey, inspired by Russia, is preventing the payment of official salaries in that country, is blocking the way to reforms, and is damaging British interests; and, if so, whether he is prepared to take any action in the matter?


I have no information as to the existence of such a state of things as that referred to by the hon. Member, either as regards the cause or the effects attributed to it, but I am not sure that I understand exactly what the hon. Member's question is intended to convey. If by financial boycott he refers to a reluctance to make loans, I would point out that we can hardly complain of French financiers for not making loans, which British or other financiers are not prepared to undertake.