HC Deb 31 October 1945 vol 415 cc400-1
11. Mr. Cuthbert

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs the number of Allied troops and auxiliaries left in Teheran, Persia.

Mr. Bevin

I understand that the bulk of Allied troops have been withdrawn from Teheran. I have, however, no exact figures as to the totals which remain. As far as we are concerned, our withdrawal from Teheran has been completed except for a party of administrative personnel numbering 84, who are dealing with such subjects as claims and the disposal of assets. These will be withdrawn as soon as these matters are settled and in any case we have agreed to withdraw from Persia not later than 2nd March, 1946.

Mr. Pickthorn

Does "in any case" mean whatever is being done by other Powers?

Mr. Bevin

I have no right to be suspicious towards other Powers. They have agreed to carry out their Treaties, and I am not going to infer that they are not going to do so.

Captain Prescott

What does the Foreign Secretary mean by "as far as we are concerned"?

Mr. Bevin

I do not know the exact numbers left there. I was asked for the numbers. I have been able to state that, as far as we are concerned, 84 administrative people have been left to clear up the claims. I do not know if there are 84 Russians or Americans. I cannot give the hon. and gallant Member the precise numbers.