HC Deb 14 November 1945 vol 415 cc2282-3W
Sir G. Jeffreys

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether his attention has been called to the official announcement of the French Foreign Office that Christians are being persecuted in Syria; and whether he has any information from the British Legation in Syria or from any other official source which substantiates this fact.

Mr. Bevin

The hon. Member is probably referring to reports relating to a dispute regarding the French schools in Syria. The Syrian authorities require an application from the schools for permission to open, whereas the French authorities maintain that it is not incumbent on them to make such an application. His Majesty's Government have received no information that Christions are being persecuted in Syria.