HC Deb 17 March 1884 vol 286 cc24-5

asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Whether, seeing that the original promise of the Khedive to compensate the losses at Alexandria was carefully limited to the principle of doing so "to a just degree compatible with the resources of the Country," either the Egyptian or the British Government have since given any pledge that the indemnities (amounting to upwards of four millions sterling) which the representatives of the various communities at Alexandria have awarded to one another, shall be paid in full, without regard to the circumstances and necessities of the Country, if the money can in any way be found; whether consequently, if a largo new loan should really be raised, by far the greater part of it must go to these compensations; and, whether the following published telegram is true:— Cairo, March, I3th, evening This afternoon the French and Italian Diplomatic Agents sent an identical note to the Minister for Foreign Affairs demanding the payment of the claims awarded by the International Indemnity Commission?


No pledge to pay the indemnities in full has been given. I cannot at present make any statement in regard to the financial situation of Egypt. No information of the character indicated by the hon. Gentleman has been received at the Foreign Office.