HC Deb 21 July 1884 vol 290 c1724

asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, What English official is at present responsible for the prevention of torture and other atrocities in the Egyptian prisons; whether any compensation will be made to native Egyptians who have been imprisoned and tortured contrary to the Code; and, what is the present total number of persons in Egyptian prisons, specifying those who have been tried and those who are awaiting trial?


Dr. Crookshank is the English official who, under the general direction of the Minister of the Interior, is responsible for the working of the Egyptian prison system. Her Majesty's Government are unaware that any Egyptians have been imprisoned and tortured contrary to the Code. I cannot state the exact number of persons at present in Egyptian prisons. The internal administration of Egypt is not carried on by the Home Government.