HC Deb 28 November 1922 vol 159 cc490-1
23. Lieut.-CommanderKENWORTHY

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies what subsidies are now being paid to Ibn Saud and to other Arab potentates, respectively, including the Sheruf of Mecca and King Hussein; and whether it is intended to continue these payments?


The only subsidy now paid is that of £5,000 a month to Ibn Saud. There is no present intention of discontinuing this payment. No subsidy is being paid to King Hussein, who is also Grand Sheruf of Mecca.

Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

Is there no means of altering the policy so as to save this payment of £5,000 to this independent potentate?


As stated in the reply to the question, subsidies have already been abolished in the case of all the other Arab potentates, which is a cutting-down. This is a rather large question of policy, which must be reviewed before we can suddenly discontinue the present arrangement.


Is this the only potentate who refuses to keep quiet without a subsidy?


I have no reason to suppose that that statement is in the least accurate.

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