HC Deb 01 April 1957 vol 568 c27
41. Mr. Warbey

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will give details of the suggestions made to the Ruler of Bahrain regarding the improvement of affairs within the State and of the extent to which the suggestions have been put into effect.

Mr. Selwyn Lloyd

The answer to both parts of the Question is, No, Sir.

Mr. Warbey

In view of this revelation of the sorry state of affairs in Bahrain, will not the Government do something to encourage the popular forces in Bahrain which are seeking some democratic form of constitution, instead of entering into collusion with the Ruler?

Mr. Lloyd

I do not agree that there is any sorry state of affairs in Bahrain, and I am not so sure of the origins of the so-called "popular movement."