HC Deb 24 March 1884 vol 286 c603

asked Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Whether the statements that have appeared in the public press have any foundation in fact that the Government propose to recommend to Parliament either the guaranteeing interest upon any of the Egyptian loans, or intend giving an assurance that our occupation of the country will be a prolonged one, with a view to enable a new loan to be floated?


Sir, in reply to my hon. Friend, I have to say that, for many months past, I have read in the newspapers statements as to the intentions of the Government in connection with Egyptian finance, but that I have not observed any novel guesses within the last few days. All I can say is, that if Her Majesty's Government should decide on making any recommendation about Egyptian finance to Parliament, they will state their intentions in the usual manner, and not merely in answer to an inquiry at Question time.