HC Deb 15 July 1919 vol 118 cc182-3

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will state what steps were taken to consult the non-Christian natives in the areas where there were German missions, now transferred by the Peace Treaty to the Allies; whether in all cases of transferred missions the native converts and others were consulted; and with what results the inquiries were made?


asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (1), whether the Clause in the Peace Treaty with Germany, Section 15, which provides for the transference and continuance of German religious missions, is operative in the case of both Roman Catholic and Protestant missions; how many mission stations, Protestant and Roman Catholic, respectively, have been or eventually will be transferred and come under the operation of this Clause;

(2)whether he will state how many missiosary societies have been maintaining religious missions whose missions come under the Clause in Section 35 of the Peace Treaty; how many mission stations in how many transferred or Allied territories will fall under the provisions of the treaty in this respect; whether he can state the number of missionaries formerly working in these mission stations; whether it is intended to exclude the missionaries formerly working in them from all further part in these missions; and whether any German subjects will be allowed to act as trustees or as workers in those missions after they have been transferred?


It is impossible for me to answer these very comprehensive questions immediately. The necessary information is not at the moment in the possession of the Foreign Office, but I am taking steps to have it compiled, and I hope to be able to supply details at an early date.


Is it the policy of the Government not to allow any scope for the activity of German Missions in the future?


That scarcely arises out of the question on the Paper.