§ 3. Mr. Thomas Reid
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what reply he has given to the Persian Government in respect to their complaint about British interference in Bahrain; and how far the Persian claim to sovereignty over it is recognised by Her Majesty's Government.
§ Mr. Selwyn Lloyd
Her Majesty's Government do not recognise the Persian claim to sovereignty over Bahrain. Her Majesty's Representative in Tehran therefore replied to the Persian Government on 1st May rejecting the Persian complaint of British interference in the affairs of the Island. I am placing a copy of Her Majesty's Representative's Note Verbale in the Library.
§ Mr. M. Follick
Is the Minister aware that the Arab population of the whole of that area is entirely against any further encroachment of that territory by the Persians?