HC Deb 29 April 1926 vol 194 c2198
57. Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he can report any progress in the negotiations with Turkey for the settlement of outstanding questions; whether a mutual neutrality pact between Britain and Turkey has been under discussion; and whether an offer of a guaranteed loan for development purposes has been made to Turkey?

The UNDER SECRETARY of STATE for FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Mr. Godfrey Locker-Lampson)

The latest reports which have been received from Sir Ronald Lindsay indicate that his negotiations with the Turkish Government are proceeding in a friendly spirit, and certain proposals made to him by the Turkish Minister for Foreign Affairs are now being examined as sympathetically as possible by His Majesty's Government. It would not be in the public interest to say more at this stage.

Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

I do not propose to press the matter, but would it not be possible to give an outline of the kind of conditions we are prepared to grant, because they have been generally published in Turkey and have appeared already in the Press?


In view of the course of the negotiations, I think it would be most inadvisable.