HC Deb 07 May 1952 vol 500 c355
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?