HC Deb 01 March 1877 vol 232 cc1210-1

asked the Under Secretary of State for India, Whether it is true that Mr. G. Fitzgerald, an officer of the Indian Financial Department, has been allowed to take service with the Khedive of Egypt, retaining at the same time his place in the Indian service, and his claims to promotion and pension there; and, if so, whether this arrangement does not conflict with the policy announced by Her Majesty's Government last year when the Government refused to allow any British officer to undertake any office in connection with Egyptian finances, without first resigning the British service, and insisted that an officer of the Treasury who had gone to Egypt should elect between the two services?


Mr. Fitzgerald is an officer in the Uncovenanted Civil Service of India, and has been home on medical certificate since September last. Since then he has had an extension of one year's leave, and I believe he is employing this time in the temporary service of the Khedive. There is, therefore, no analogy between the circumstances under which Mr. Fitzgerald is now serving and those under which the Government announced their decision of last year.