HC Deb 15 February 1960 vol 617 cc90-1W
Mr. Longbottom

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what information he can give about impending changes in Her Majesty's jurisdiction in Kuwait.

Mr. Selwyn Lloyd

In the past the Government of Kuwait and Her Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom found it mutually convenient that Her Britannic Majesty's jurisdiction in civil and criminal matters should extend over various classes of foreigners in Kuwait.

In 1957 His Highness the Ruler of Kuwait and Her Majesty's Government agreed that the time has come for His Highness to assume full jurisdiction over certain of those classes.

His Highness the Ruler and Her Majesty's Government have now agreed that the time is coming for Kuwait to assume full jurisdiction over all persons within her territory. An amendment to the Kuwait Order in Council has accordingly been laid before Parliament and the change-over will start within the next few weeks with the transfer of certain sectors of jurisdiction. Further transfer of jurisdiction will take place progressively thereafter.