HC Deb 09 July 1883 vol 281 cc772-3

asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Whether Her Majesty's Government or the Egyptian Government have as yet recognised, or intend to recognise by any official marks of approbation, the gallantry and humanity displayed by Ahmed Bey Minshani, on the day of the massacres at Tantah, July 13th 1882; and by Hassan Fuad and Shekeeb Bey at Mahallet-el-Kebir, on the same day, in, at considerable personal risk, suppressing the riots, saving the lives of Europeans, and affording large numbers of Christians shelter and means of escape to Ismailia, as detailed in Major M'Donald's report to Lord Dufferin of April 30th, in the Egyptian Papers, C. 3632; and, whether care has been taken, and will be taken, not only to discover and punish those implicated in the massacres, but to reward in as public a manner as possible those Egyptians who during that time gave assistance and shelter to Europeans?


Sir, the question of rewarding the persons referred to, and others who acted in a like praiseworthy manner, is a matter for the consideration of the Egyptian Government. Inquiry is being made as to how that Government has acted. The Papers presented to Parliament show that the Egyptian authorities have made every endeavour to discover the persons implicated in the massacres, and to bring them to trial.