HC Deb 10 August 1916 vol 85 c1204

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he can give the House any information as to the present general condition of affairs in Persia; whether any recent arrangements have been concluded between Persia and His Majesty's Government relating to the financial and military reorganisation of that country; and whether Anglo-Indian officers will be employed in Southern Persia in officering the gendarmerie?


The general condition of affairs in Persia has recently shown a decided improvement, and the arrest or dispersal of most of the German parties and agents in that country give good reason to hope that this improvement may be maintained. In regard to the second part of the question while no agreement has yet actually been concluded, I hope that an arrangement on financial and other questions may very shortly be arrived at with the Persian Government, who have shown a sincere desire to work with the Allied Governments. The answer to the last part of the question is in the affirmative.