HC Deb 16 May 1928 vol 217 cc1010-1

asked the Secretary of State for Foregn Affairs what was the reason for the inclusion of an officer of the Royal Air Force in the mission to the King of the Hedjaz and Nejd?

The SECRETARY of STATE for the COLONIES (Mr. Amery)

I have been asked to answer this question. As it seemed probable that the recent air operations against Akhwan raiding parties in Iraq would come up for discussion during the conversations between Sir Gilbert Clayton and His Majesty King Ibn Saud, His Majesty's Government thought it advisable to attach to the Mission an officer of the Royal Air Force who could advise 6ir Gilbert Clayton on technical questions affecting that Service. In addition to his technical knowledge the officer selected has had considerable experience on the western frontier regions of Iraq and is fully acquainted with the local tribal situation.