HC Deb 30 June 1879 vol 247 c958

asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Whether he proposes to include in the Papers relating to the affairs of Egypt the correspondence between Her Majesty's Government and the Porte with reference to the various Firmans which have been issued in reference to the Egyptian succession; and, if he does not propose to include them, whether he will lay upon the Table of the House the correspondence relating to the Firmans issued since 1841 in reference to Her Majesty's Government and the Porte?


I do not think it would be convenient to the House that any delay should take place in presenting the Egyptian Papers. Therefore, if any of the Papers referred to by my hon. Friend be presented at all they had better be presented afterwards in a separate form. I am sure my hon. Friend does not wish us to present all the correspondence upon those Firmans; because they already fill a very large and bulky book, and I think that all the necessary information will be found in that book. With regard to the Firmans of 1846, 1856, 1857, 1866, and 1873, they are, no doubt, very important, and I have already given orders that they shall be translated, and that is now being done. As to the correspondence, I think there is very little that will throw light on the matter; but if my hon. Friend will communicate with me privately, I shall be glad to show him the Papers, and those that are of any use can be published.