Election and Arrests.

Oral Answers to Questions — Egypt. – in the House of Commons on 31st July 1922.

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Photo of Mr John Swan Mr John Swan , Barnard Castle

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asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if, in view of the fact that the substantial cause of unrest in Egypt is due. to the Egyptian Cabinet refusing to have a general election, and the continuing of martial law and the deportation of Zaghloul Pasha and his colleagues, and that Morcos Hanna Bey and others have been arrested due to them having protested against what they consider conditions of injustice; and will the Government bring pressure to bear upon the Egyptian Cabinet to have the elections in Egypt, and also remove martial law, and recommend that Zaghloul Pasha and his colleagues be brought either back to Egypt or to a more suitable place in Europe, and thus ease the situation between the two countries?

Mr. HARMSWORTH:

I am unable to accept the implications in the first part, of the question. The policy of His Majesty's Government regarding the various points mentioned in the second part of the question has been frequently declared and remains unchanged.

Photo of Mr John Swan Mr John Swan , Barnard Castle

Will the hon. Gentleman consider putting into operation what was promised in the Proclamation?

Mr. HARMSWORTH:

The hon. Gentleman should remember that certain obligations are reciprocal.

Photo of Mr John Swan Mr John Swan , Barnard Castle

Would the hon. Gentleman be prepared to recommend to his Government that the same principle should apply here as in Egypt—of putting into prison the political opponents of the Cabinet. [HON. MEMBERS: "Hear, hear!"]