HC Deb 19 April 1928 vol 216 cc352-3
35. Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether Koweit is still occupied by British forces; and how long it is proposed to occupy this territory?

Captain MARGESSON (Lord of the Treasury)

I have been asked to answer this question. At the desire of the Shaikh of Koweit naval ratings were landed from His Majesty's ships in the Persian Gulf to assist the Shaikh in defending his territory against Akhwan raids. An armoured-car section and a flight of aeroplanes were also detached from the Iraq garrison for this purpose. The naval landing parties have now been re-embarked, and it is hoped that the detachments from Iraq will also be withdrawn in the near future. My right hon. Friend is not yet, however, in a position to state definitely when this withdrawal will be effected.