§ 7. Mr. RHYS DAVIES
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what is the position as regards the settlement of Assyrians from Iraq in British Guiana?
§ The LORD PRIVY SEAL (Mr. Eden)
I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given on the 1st November to my hon. and gallant Friend the Member for the Isle of Wight (Captain P. Macdonald). The mission of investigation has now arrived in British Guiana, but some considerable time must still elapse before its report is received.
§ Mr. DAVIES
In view of the very urgent necessity of doing something for these people, and of the universal impression which has been created that we have let them down very badly, will the right hon. Gentleman consider the matter?
§ Mr. EDEN
I am not prepared to accept the hon. Gentleman's impression as being any kind of accurate statement of the facts. Everything possible is being done in this matter, but clearly, if the mission is to do its work, it had better do it properly while it is there. It will take at least three months to carry through the investigation.