HC Deb 24 February 1926 vol 192 cc496-7
13. Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether in the proposals made by the Turkish Government to His Majesty's Government in March of last year for a peaceful settlement of the Mosul question, it was stated how much of the vilayet of Mosul would satisfy the Turkish demands; whether any particular British company was mentioned by the Turkish Government as being acceptable for the development of the oil resources of the territory in question or whether His Majesty's Government were offered a free hand in this matter; whether the Iraq Government was consulted with reference to these offers from the Turkish Government; and, if so, what was their reply?


Yes, Sir, approximately two-thirds of the Mosul Vilayet were to be returned to Turkey. I abstain from giving the actual geographical description of the proposed frontier as it consists of a long list of names only to be found on a large scale map. The answer to the second and third parts of the question is that the exploitation of oil was to be granted to an English group to be approved by the British Government. The answer to the fourth part of the question is in the negative.