HC Deb 05 July 1926 vol 197 cc1612-3
53. Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he has received any reports of abuses in the mixed police in the international zone of Tangier, including reports of the forcing of evidence from prisoners by means of floggings and other tortures; whether any steps have been taken to investigate these charges; and what instructions have been given to His Majesty's Consul-General at Tangier on the subject?


Reports of abuses of the nature described have been brought to the notice of His Majesty's Consul-General at Tangier, who is pressing for a full inquiry. I have approved his action and requested him to keep me informed.


asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs to what extent Great Britain is responsible for the administration of the inter-nation civil police force in Tangier?


The Tangier Convention provides that the civil police force shall be under the control of the Administrator who is in turn responsible to the International Assembly. There are three British members of the International Assembly, but they are not representatives of nor under the control of His Majesty's Government. Apart, therefore, from their responsibility as one of the contracting parties to the Tangier Convention, His Majesty's Government are in no way responsible for the administration of the police force.

Colonel DAY

Will the right hon. Gentleman say from whom the British representatives get their salaries?


I do not think they get any salary, but if the hon. Member wants any further information, perhaps he will give me notice.

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