HC Deb 21 October 1920 vol 133 cc1071-2

asked the Prime Minister whether he can make a further statement regarding the future policy of the Government in Mesopotamia; what progress has been made towards the restoration of the authority of the present administration since the commencement of the outbreak of insurgence; whether it is contemplated that hostilities are likely to cease at an early date; and whether and when a Supplementary Estimate will be presented in connection with the recent warfare in Mesopotamia?


I cannot add anything to the answers given to questions on this subject by the hon. Member for Whitechapel on Tuesday last, except that the insurrectionary movements are being effectively quelled, and the condition of the country will soon be favourable enough to enable Sir Percy Cox to discuss with the Arab Leaders the form of Government best adapted to meet the wishes and interests of the people.


Can the right hon. Gentleman say when the Supplementary Estimates will be presented?


I am afraid I cannot.

Lieut. - Commander KENWORTHY

When is the Government going to make a statement about recent developments in Mesopotamia in view of the enormous cost and the loss of life?


I think that the Supplementary Estimates would be a suitable occasion.

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