HC Deb 29 February 1884 vol 285 c220

asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Whether his attention has been called to the following statement in a telegram from The Times correspondent in Egypt, dated February 27th:— No single measure down to an increase of the salary of a petty official is made without reference to Sir Evelyn Baring," and that "therefore one of two things is true, either Six-Evelyn Baring immediately interferes with the national business, contrary to orders, in which case he should be recalled, and the entire machinery of Government would collapse, or he is the sole responsible Governor of Egypt; and, whether he can state if this statement is correct in regard to the action of Sir Evelyn Baring; and, if so, whether he is acting in accordance with orders?


The position of Sir Evelyn Baring is defined in the Papers which have been laid before the House, and Her Majesty's Government have no reason to doubt his conforming himself to the instructions which he has received. In all matters of importance on which Sir Evelyn Baring thinks it necessary to give advice, it is expected that during our provisional armed occupation his advice will be followed.