HC Deb 27 June 1956 vol 555 cc469-70
38. Dame Irene Ward

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that our case for adhering to our treaty rights has not been sufficiently emphasised either in Cyprus, the Middle East or the United States of America; and if he will accordingly take action to remedy this omission.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

In Cyprus, constant emphasis has been given to our care for adhering to our treaty rights in broadcasts from the Cyprus Broadcasting Service in English, Greek and Turkish, and in printed publicity material distributed in Cyprus in all three languages. The official overseas information services of Her Majesty's Government include a great deal of news and information about Cyprus. The content of the services directed to the United States and Middle Eastern countries is not the responsibility of my Department, but my right hon. Friend is satisfied that the British case is well presented through those services.

Dame Irene Ward

In view of the fact that our right to be in Cyprus is unassailable, is my right hon. Friend aware, in spite of the very full answer to my Question, that not all the communities in Cyprus are satisfied with the presentation of our case, and that neither am I? Will he therefore have another look at the matter?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

I assure the hon. Lady that it is under constant review.

Mr. K. Robinson

Since the right hon. Gentleman admits that the case has been properly presented, does not the fact that the case is not accepted anywhere else in the world—[HON. MEMBERS: "Nonsense."]—suggest that it is a singularly bad case?

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