§ Mr. GALLACHER
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, whether martial law has been, or is to be, pro claimed in Iraq because of insurrectionary movements among the tribes; whether railway communications between Baghdad and Basra are still maintained; whether the insurgents have been bombed from the air; what is the strength of the British Air Force in Iraq; and whether any British aeroplanes have been employed on repressing insurgents?
§ Viscount CRANBORNE
I understand that the Iraqi Government proclaimed martial law on May 5th in the limited area where the disturbances occurred; that railway communications between Baghdad and Basra have now been re stored; and that certain bombing operations were carried out by the Iraqi air force. The strength of the British air force in Iraq is four land squadrons and one seaplane squadron. No British aero planes were employed in the operations against the insurgents.