HC Deb 16 November 1936 vol 317 cc1346-8W

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air for what purpose our Royal Air Force is kept in Iraq; what does it cost a year; and does this country pay for the whole cost?


As regards the first part of the question I would refer the hon. Member to Article 5 of the Anglo-Iraqi Treaty of Alliance, which was ratified on 26th January, 1931, and published in the White Paper "Treaty Series No. 15 (1931)," Cmd. 3797. As regards the second part, the cost is in the neighbourhood of £1,400,000 a year, and the answer to the third part is in the affirmative.