§ MR. J. C. FLYNN (Cork, N.)
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, in reference to the proposal of the Porte to dispatch a Turkish Army to Crete with a view to maintaining order, whether an official reply has yet been sent by the representatives of the Great Powers; and in the event of the Porte proceeding to dispatch troops to the island, will the Powers take action to prevent the Turkish troops from being landed?
In a telegram dated the 15th inst., Sir P. Currie stated that the Turkish Foreign Minister had informed him that the intention of sending troops to Crete had been abandoned.
§ MR. J. DILLON (Mayo, E.)
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs for what purpose the marching of European troops through Crete has been carried out; and whether, in view of the protests of the insurgent leaders, it is proposed to continue these operations?
We have no information that the alleged marches through Crete have been carried out. The only march we have heard of was that of some Austrian and Italian troops from Canea to Platania, both of which places are on the sea coast.
§ MR. DILLON
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the blockade of Crete is still in force; and, if so, for what purpose it is maintained?
The blockade of Crete has not been formally raised, since it was considered desirable to prevent the possible importation of arms or volunteers to join the insurgents. But with this exception it has been so far relaxed as to be practically inoperative.
§ MR. DILLON
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the European Admirals will allow Djevad Pasha to remain in Crete as Military Commander?
Djevad Pasha has not yet started for Crete; nor is it known for certain whether he will. His arrival at the present juncture might give rise to false impressions, and it is hoped therefore that it will not be persisted in. [Laughter.]