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Wednesday, 30 September 1936

Senator Sir GEORGE PEARCE (Western Australia) (Minister for External Affairs) [3.11].- by leave- On the 15th March, 1935, an agreement, a copy of which I have just tabled, was entered into between the Governments of the United Kingdom, the dominions, and India, and the Government of Iraq, respecting British war cemeteries, graves, and memorials in Iraqi territory. The agreement came into force on the 25th April, 1936, the date of the publication in the Official Tragi Gazelle, of an enabling law to give effect to it, The agreement, which was signed on behalf of the Commonwealth Government and other parts of the British Empire by Sir Francis Humphrys, British Ambassador at Bagdad, provides for the representation in Iraq of the Imperial War Graves Commission, on which the Commonwealth

Government lias a delegate, by a committee to be known as "Iraq Committee of the Imperial War Graves Commission ", composed of the chief representative of His Majesty for the time being in Iraq .and six such other persons as be may, from time to time, nominate in agreement with the commission. It also provides that the lands now occupied by the war cemeteries, graves and memorials shall become the property in perpetuity of the commission, that they shall be exempt from taxation, tb at the commission shall exercise full control over them, and that all facilities for exercising such control shall be afforded by the Government of Iraq. The necessity for concluding this agreement arose when Iraq ceased to be a British mandated territory, and attained full status as an independent State from the time of its admission to the League of Nations on the Srd October, 3932.

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