HC Deb 14 October 1915 vol 74 cc1444-5
12. Commander BELLAIRS

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether, in organising the oil supply in the territory which has been captured from Turkey, no private monopoly will be conferred other than that secured by public tender; and whether the Government will take care that no pledges are given to the Anglo-Persian Oil Company or any other-private company?


The subject of the oil in the territories in question is engaging the attention of His Majesty's Government. While it would be premature to make any definite statement at present, the points raised by the hon. and gallant Member will not be lost sight of.