Egypt (Government Policy).

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport. – in the House of Commons on 20th February 1922.

Alert me about debates like this

Major BARNES:

45.

asked the Prime Minister if a statement of the Government's policy in regard to Egypt is to be made at an early date; if so, when; and whether it will be preceded by the publication of the negotiations between the Government and its advisers in Egypt?

Photo of Mr William Lunn Mr William Lunn , Rothwell

31.

asked the Prime Minister, if he is now in a position to name a date when the House could discuss the present and future government of Egypt?

Photo of Mr David Lloyd George Mr David Lloyd George , Caernarvon District of Boroughs

Yes, Sir. We propose to announce to Parliament to-morrow week the proposals with regard to Egypt for which we shall seek Parliamentary approval. A Parliamentary Paper will be laid that afternoon.

Major BARNES:

Is it part of the Government policy to releaae Zaghloul Pasha?

Photo of Mr David Lloyd George Mr David Lloyd George , Caernarvon District of Boroughs

I cannot make any statement until Lord Allenby has returned to Egypt.

Photo of Lord Robert Cecil Lord Robert Cecil , Hitchin

Will the White Paper include the correspondence or only the actual agreement? Is it not very desirable that the House should be in possession of all the correspondence before the Debate takes place?

Photo of Mr Henry Croft Mr Henry Croft , Bournemouth

Will the right hon. Gentleman give a definite undertaking that no suggestion will be made to the Egyptian native authorities by Lord Allenby until this House has had an opportunity of considering the policy?

Photo of Mr David Lloyd George Mr David Lloyd George , Caernarvon District of Boroughs

Any suggestions made to the Egyptian authorities will be made definitely on the understanding that they will have to be ratified by this House. That will be made quite clear.

Photo of Mr Henry Croft Mr Henry Croft , Bournemouth

Then it will not be a signed agreement put before the House to leave it or take it?

Photo of Mr David Lloyd George Mr David Lloyd George , Caernarvon District of Boroughs

It is a proposal which we intend to recommend to this country. In reply to the Noble Lord the Member for Hitchin (Lord R. Cecil), our intention was to give only the actual proposal in the White Paper. I am not sure that it is desiyable to publish the whole of the correspondence. I should like to ask Lord Allen[...]y's views about that.

Photo of Mr William Joynson-Hicks Mr William Joynson-Hicks , Twickenham

Is it proposed to take the Debate next week, or will it be postponed until some future occasion?

Mr. CHAMBERLAIN:

Under the present arrangements, the current week is allotted to finance, and the first business after that must be to get through the Irish Bill. If desired, I will give a day as soon as possible after we have disposed of that Bill.

Photo of Mr William Joynson-Hicks Mr William Joynson-Hicks , Twickenham

I wanted my right hon. Friend to say that we should not have a day until we had had at least two or three days to read the proposals.

Mr. CHAMBERLAIN:

I think I shall be able to meet my hon. Friend's desire that he shall have time enough for consideration before discussion.