§ 11. Lieut.-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is now in a position to make a further statement regarding the passage of German naval ships through the Dardanelles by permission or with the acquiescence of the Turkish Government.
§ Mr. Eden
Yes, Sir. The Turkish Government have given orders that passage of all K.T. and Ems type vessels through the Straits shall be refused in future. Furthermore, all German merchant vessels which arrive in the Straits will henceforth be carefully examined to establish whether they are in fact merchant vessels. Assurances to this effect have been given both to His Majesty's Ambassador at Angora and publicly in an official Turkish communiqué. I should like to take this op- 168 portunity to express the satisfaction felt by His Majesty's Government with this action by the Turkish Government.
§ Sir T. Moore
While congratulating my hon. Friend on his further success, may I ask him whether we may assume that our Ally and others now recognise that an alliance with Britain is a privilege, but involves fulfilling obligations as well as receiving benefits?