HC Deb 16 February 1922 vol 150 cc1249-50W

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether it is proposed to withdraw all British troops from Iraq excepting one battalion to be stationed at Basra; when this arrangement will be effected; what measure of success has attended the efforts of King Feisal to establish responsible government; and whether, by the recent policy of the Colonial Department, tangible savings to the Treasury will accrue?


As I stated yesterday, in reply to a question by the hon. and gallant Member for Central Hull (Lieut.-Commander Kenworthy), I propose to make a full statement when I present the Middle East Estimates. I shall then deal with the points raised by the hon. Member. There will undoubtedly be tangible savings to the Treasury.