HC Deb 13 June 1921 vol 143 cc36-7
60. Mr. ROYCE

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs the number of Russian refugees in camps in the island of Cyprus; whether these refugees are mostly composed of the remnants of Denikin's and Wrangel's armies; what is the cost to the British Government for the maintenance of these camps; whether the refugees make any contribution towards their support; and how much longer will these camps be maintained?


Russian refugees in camps in Cyprus number 590, and they are composed entirely of refugees who left South Russia after General Denikin's defeat. The cost of maintaining these camps is £2,800 per month. There are an additional 72 refugees now maintaining themselves outside the camps. I regret that it is impossible to give any definite date by which the camps will be closed, but I can assure the hon. Member that every effort is being made to bring the obligations of His Majesty's Government to an end.


Would not the camps close automatically if you ceased to give them this relief?


That would be a very harsh method.


Would they not then find some work to do?