Canal Zone (British Forces)

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Aviation – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 12th May 1954.

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Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Easington 12:00 am, 12th May 1954

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the Anglo-Egyptian negotiations on the evacuation of British forces from the Canal Zone are still proceeding; and to what extent any of our troops are being withdrawn.

Photo of Mr Selwyn Lloyd Mr Selwyn Lloyd , Wirral

The answer to the first part of the Question is "No, Sir." The answer to the second part of the Question is "None."

Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Easington

Does that answer mean that no representations are being made at the present time by either side for a resumption of negotiations? Is it not the intention of Her Majesty's Government to make such representations at an early date?

Photo of Mr Selwyn Lloyd Mr Selwyn Lloyd , Wirral

I have nothing to add to what my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary said on 22nd March, which, I think, made the position perfectly clear.

Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Easington

The position was not made clear at all. The reply given to us by his right hon. Friend simply indicated a stalemate. I wish to know, as do many others, whether the Government— or the Egyptian Government—propose to resume negotiations.

Photo of Mr Selwyn Lloyd Mr Selwyn Lloyd , Wirral

What my right hon. Friend said on 22nd March was that conditions of confidence had to be created before negotiations could be properly embarked upon. In addition, there has been a good deal of change and shift of power during the past few weeks, and perhaps it is just as well to see how things settle down.