HC Deb 18 June 1941 vol 372 cc634-5
25. Mr. Gallacher

asked the Under secretary of State for the Colonies whether His Majesty's Government will restore to the people of Cyprus the constitutional rights of freedom of the Press, organisation and assembly, taken away from them in 1931?

Mr. George Hall

In the present military situation in the Eastern Mediterranean, my Noble Friend is not prepared to take up these questions.

Mr. Gallacher

In view of our declaration of support for the statement that Syria should be given independence, would it not be a natural act for the Government to eliminate the Fascist dictatorship in Cyprus and re-establish the constitutional rule that existed there prior to1931? — [Interruption] —Why not?