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Cyprus (Greek Relief Fund)

Volume 409: debated on Wednesday 11 April 1945

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that the Government of Cyprus has prevented the municipalities of Limassol and Famagusta from subscribing £500 each to the Greek Relief Fund; and whether, seeing that similar subscriptions have always been sanctioned in the past, he will procure that the Government permits them to be paid.

The Municipal Corporation Law in Cyprus provides that all municipal revenue must be exclusively devoted to municipal purposes within municipal limits. It is not, therefore, possible to sanction grants of this nature. It is the case that in the past a few small grants have, by inadvertence, been made by municipal councils for charitable purposes outside these limits. But such an oversight does not justify the continuance of a practice the law.