HC Deb 29 March 1847 vol 91 c555

In answer to a question from an Hon. MEMBER,


said, that the English Church at Alexandria, a site for building which had been granted by the Pasha, and the building of which was at a stand-still at present for want of funds, was in this situation, that a moderate estimate having been presented to the late Government of the probable expense of the building, and the English residents having subscribed a certain sum, the late Government, acting on the rule that had been laid down, authorized the advance of a certain proportionate sum. Certain parties there had, however, thrown aside that moderate estimate, and embarked in a more expensive plan, and the consequence was, that they had not only got through all the money which the late Government granted, but had got into debt; and they now were waiting a further sum to be advanced. The question was under the consideration of the Government, whether there were any grounds for making any further advances, as the local subscriptions formed but a very small portion of the sum which was necessary to defray the remaining expenses of building this church.