HC Deb 19 February 1884 vol 284 c1333

asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether, in consequence of the news of a mutiny of Egyptian troops at Cairo, and of the utter unreliability of those recently employed on active service, the Government intend to increase the number of British troops now stationed in Egypt; and, if so, to what extent?


We have no information of a mutiny of the Egyptian troops at Cairo; and a very slight incident, of which we have not full details, appears to have been greatly exaggerated. The Government have, in view of the departure of a large portion of the garrison of Cairo for Suakim, and on the advice of Sir Evelyn Baring, ordered a battalion of Infantry and a battery of Garrison Artillery to proceed from Malta to Egypt. Another battalion of Infantry will be moved on to Malta, to be in readiness for transport to Egypt if required.