HC Deb 20 March 1884 vol 286 c294

asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Whether his attention has been called to the statement in The Times of Monday, by its correspondent in Alexandria, that the mudirs of all the Egyptian provinces, having complained that they are unable to maintain order because they have no power, and having requested to be allowed to extract evidence by means of torture, Mr. Clifford Lloyd has expressed the opinion that, without the concession of some authority to these mudirs, there must be anarchy; and, whether Her Majesty's Government will assent to accord to the mudirs, who ask to be allowed to employ torture, power to judge and punish the misdemeanours of their fellow subjects?


Her Majesty's Government have no confirmation of the statement referred to by my hon. Friend, and there is no intention of conferring on the Mudirs of the Egyptian Provinces such power as that to which he alludes.