HC Deb 29 November 1917 vol 99 c2191
5. Mr. KING

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether, since the outbreak of war, Russia had any communications with this country relative to the proposals that the Sultan of Turkey should no longer be recognised as Khalif; if so, what attitude was then assumed on behalf of this country; and whether he will now declare that the Khalifate is a question for Islam alone to decide?


: The answer to the first part of the hon. Member's question is in the affirmative, but His Majesty's Government have never departed from the attitude that the question of the Khalifate is one for Moslem opinion alone to decide.