HC Deb 07 July 1932 vol 268 c623
53. Captain P. MACDONALD

asked the Postmaster-General whether his attention has been called to the proposal of the Iraq Government to arrange for the transport of parcels by air route to Europe; and what action he is taking to ensure that the contract for this work shall be awarded to a British air service rather than to a French or Dutch service?


I am not aware what arrangements the Iraq Government proposes to make for the transport of parcels by air. As regards the second part of the question, I am informed that the Iraq Government are entirely free to award this or any other contract in such manner as they conceive to be in the best interests of Iraq; and I would remind my hon. and gallant Friend that under Article 11 of the Anglo-Iraq Treaty of 1922, which at present governs the relations between the two countries, the Iraq Government are precluded from discriminating in such matters on the ground of nationality.