§ 8. Mr. PETO
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether his attention has been called to a report by the British chaplain at Smyrna relative to the treatment of officers and men of the steamship "City of Khois" and "Assiout" interned at Magnesia, which shows that these seamen are treated in a manner that compares favourably with the treatment of officers and men of the merchant service interned in the German camp at Ruhleben; and whether he will consider the advisability of intimating to the. Turkish Government in advance through the good offices of the United States Ambassador that His Majesty's Government is prepared to reciprocate to the full any humanity shown to British military, naval, and civilian prisoners by similar or more considerate treatment of any Turkish prisoners that may fall into their hands?
The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. We have every right, to expect that British prisoners in the hands of the Ottoman Government will be treated with humanity and consideration, as we have already informed the Ottoman Government through the United States Ambassador that His Majesty's Government treat Turkish prisoners of war in the same humane manner as they treat those of other nationalities.