HC Deb 22 March 1917 vol 91 cc2054-5
55. Mr. MacVEAGH

asked the Prime Minister whether the Cabinet has censured Sir Stanley Maude for the Proclamantion issued at Baghdad; whether the War Cabinet is aware that he proposes in the Proclamation, on behalf of Great Britain and the Allies, to force Home Rule on the Arabs without regard to the views of such homogeneous communities amongst the Arabs as may desire to remain under Turkish rule; whether the Arabs have agreed amongst themselves as to the form of government they desire; and, if so, how their views have been ascertained; whether Sir Stanley Maude's action in preaching to the Arabs the evil results of alien rule, in promising that alien institutions will not be established amongst them, and in urging them to remain a united nation north, south, east, and west, has the sanction of the War Cabinet; and, if not, what action the Cabinet proposes to take?


I cannot add anything to what I said in reply to a similar question yesterday by the hon. Member for West Belfast.


Might I ask whether the right hon. Gentleman is aware that four vilayets of North-East Arabia strongly object to being taken out of Turkish rule, and is he going to force Home Rule upon an unwilling community?


I do not know the source of the hon. Member's information, but we have received no similar information.