HC Deb 05 July 1939 vol 349 c1260
1. Mr. Stokes

asked the Prime Minister whether he has any further information to give with regard to the murder of the British Consul at Mosul; whether any Iraqi agents of Germany have been imprisoned or otherwise dealt with; and how many German nationals have since been expelled from Iraq on this account by the Iraqi Government?

The Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (Mr. Butler)

My Noble Friend has received no further evidence which would modify the position as stated in my reply to the hon. Member for Derby (Mr. Noel-Baker) on 10th May. The question of the expulsion by the Iraqi Government of foreign agents in this connection does not, therefore, arise. As a sign of their profound regret for this tragic occurrence, the Iraqi Government have offered to pay the dependents of Mr. Monck-Mason what His Majesty's Government regard as adequate compensation, and I understand that the necessary Parliamentary sanction for this grant will shortly be sought.

Mr. Stokes

Is not the Minister aware that it is general knowledge in Baghdad that at least two German nationals have been asked to leave the country?

Mr. Butler

The hon. Member will see the relevance of the words "in this connection" in the answer that I have given.