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Cyprus (Government)

Volume 387: debated on Wednesday 17 March 1943

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies to how many applications for registration of clubs, co-operative store societies and organisations of villagers, teachers, bank employees and Government clerks, the Government of Cyprus has refused registration in the last three months; why such application was refused and, in particular, why registration has recently been refused to the Akel Club, in Limassol, and to agricultural associations in Ayios, Theodoros and Silikou; whether the teaching of Greek and Turkish history in the schools is still prohibited; whether he will reverse these policies; and whether he will govern this Colony without the application of prohibitions and restrictions?

In order to enable me to answer the first three parts of the Question it will be necessary for me to ask for a report from the Colony. With regard to the last part, it is the policy of His Majesty's Government in Cyprus as elsewhere to govern with the minimum of prohibitions and restrictions necessary for the preservation of law and order and for the peaceful development of the Colony.