HC Deb 15 August 1882 vol 273 cc1829-30

asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, What position M. de Lesseps holds with regard to the Administrative Council of the Suez Canal; three members of which Council are representatives of Her Majesty's Government; and, whether M. de Lesseps, while in Egypt, controls, or is controlled by, the Council of the Suez Canal?


M. de Lesseps is President of the Council of Administration of the Suez Canal Company, and has been annually re-elected to that post by the Council under the powers given to them by the Statutes. I have no reason to suppose that M. de Lesseps' position, in reference to the Council, is different in Egypt from that which he occupies in Paris. No special power appears to be conferred upon the President by the Statutes, except that he has a casting vote in case of equality of voting by the Council.