HC Deb 27 February 1928 vol 214 cc7-9
24. Captain EDEN

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he has any information as to the raids by Wahabi tribesmen into the territory of Iraq?


Since the reply given to the question on this subject asked by the hon. Member for Central Southwark (Mr. Day) on the 14th December last, several further raids have been carried out by Akhwan tribes, acting in defiance of Ibn Saud's authority. On the 22nd January an Akhwan raiding party under the leadership of Faisal al Dawish, paramount Sheikh of the Mutair, attacked an Iraq tribe some 10 miles within the Iraq frontier and inflicted casualties estimated at 75 killed. On the 27th January Akhwan, numbering some 200, raided into the territory of the Sheikh of Koweit. They were subsequently attacked by the forces of the Sheikh, and after an engagement, resulting in a certain number of casualties on both sides, their loot was recovered from them. On the 29th and 30th January this raiding party was located by British aircraft and a number of casualties were inflicted.

On the 19th February Iraq and Koweit tribes were attacked near Jarishan, a village south-west of Basra and some 65 miles within the frontier, by an Akhwan raiding party estimated at some 2,300 strong. The losses suffered by these tribes are not yet fully known, but it is believed that more than 50 men were killed, while loss of livestock was heavy. The raid is said to have been led by Faisal al Dawish in person. On the same day three parties of these raiders were located by British aircraft and were attacked with good effect. The aircraft were heavily fired upon and one machine was shot down, the pilot being killed. On the 20th February the raiders were again attacked from the air. The casualties inflicted upon them can be only approximately estimated, but it is believed that some 50 men were killed.

Captain EDEN

Have there been any other British casualties besides the one mentioned?


Not as far as I am aware.


Can the right hon. Gentleman say what is the strength of the British aircraft force in this area?


I cannot say the number of airplanes engaged in this particular operation.


Is the right hon. Gentleman and the Colonial Office satisfied with the success exhibited in repelling these raids? Do they not think the raiders seem to have acted with impunity rather often?


Oh, no. I think the raiders were heavily punished in both cases, and we are satisfied as to the efficiency of the Air Force in dealing with raids of this character.


Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether any steps have been taken to prevent a recurrence of these raids?


Ibn Saud entirely disavows these raids and some time ago announced his intention of dealing with the raiders. As he has not done so thus far, we were compelled to take action when the raiders actually entered Iraq territory.

RETURN showing for the latest available year the estimated amount to be spent on Native Education in Uganda, Kenya, Tanganyika, Nyassaland, Northern Rhodesia and Sudan, together with the amount per head of the Native Population.
Territorry. Year. Estimated Expenditure on Native Education. Native Population (latest estimate). Amount per head of Native Population(to nearest penny).
£ d.
Uganda 1928 51,235 3,123,581 4
Kenya 1928 87,811 2,693,405 8
Tanganyika 1928–9 80,207 4,319,000 4
Nyassaland 1928 11,110 1,297,124 2
Northern Rhodesia 1927–8 8,519 979,704 2
Sudan 1928 141,000 6,000,000 6