HC Deb 04 July 1879 vol 247 cc1419-20

asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, When he will lay upon the Table of the House the Despatches from the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs to Sir A. H. Layard and from Sir A. H. Layard to the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs which have reference to recent events in Egypt, and any Communications addressed to or received from the Porte on the same subject; and, when the Correspondence relating to the dismissal of Nubar Pasha and the so-called European Ministers of the Khedive, and other Papers, bearing date between the 1st of January and the 25th of April, with regard to Egyptian affairs, will be in the hands of Members?


Sir, the first part of the Question refers to recent events. If the hon. Baronet means the deposition of the Khedive, I have to tell him that the Correspondence on that subject is still going on. Therefore, it will be impossible for me at this moment to present more Papers than have already been presented to the House. With regard to the second part of the Question, I told the hon. Baronet yesterday that Papers are in preparation in continuance of the Papers presented some time ago going down to the end of the year. Papers are in preparation with respect to the whole question of Egypt, and also with respect to the Correspondence relating to the dismissal of Nubar Pasha. All these Papers will be found in the series now being prepared, and they will reach down, I think, to the middle of May. They will be presented without delay.