Oral Answers to Questions — Egypt

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 29th January 1951.

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Photo of Mr Nigel Fisher Mr Nigel Fisher , Hitchin 12:00 am, 29th January 1951

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs is he will make a statement regarding his recent negotiations with Egypt.

Photo of Mr Ernest Davies Mr Ernest Davies , Enfield East

My right hon. Friend had several conversations with the Egyptian Foreign Minister when he was here in December. The discussions were cordial and various new ideas were put forward which are now receiving detailed study. It is expected that discussions will be resumed as soon as these studies are complete. I am afraid I cannot say more than this at the moment.

Photo of Mr Nigel Fisher Mr Nigel Fisher , Hitchin

Can the hon. Gentleman give an assurance that no further sterling balances will be released to Egypt pending the completion of these talks?

Photo of Mr Barnett Janner Mr Barnett Janner , Leicester North West

Can my hon. Friend say whether his promise not to send jet planes or tanks to Egypt without the House being informed first still prevails?

Photo of Mr Ernest Davies Mr Ernest Davies , Enfield East

Certainly. I gave that assurance to this House, and the Govment stand by the assurance which was given.