§ SIR JOHN SWINBURNE (Staffordshire, Lichfield)
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether any communications have been recently received from Her Majesty's Agent and Consul General in Egypt with reference to the summer supply of water in that country for agricultural and sanitary purposes; whether the repairs of the barrage have given satisfactory results; whether the water supply of Alexandria during the season of low Nile in 1888, 1889, and 1890, has been improved in quality and quantity by the changes effected by th Irrigation Department; and whether, in case communications relating to this subject have been received by Her Majesty's Government from Her Majesty's Agent 754 and Consul General in Cairo, these communications, or the substance of them, will be laid upon the Table?
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Sir J. FERGUSSON, Manchester, N.E.)
As to the first and fourth paragraphs, information with reference to the summer supply of water will be given in the Papers respecting the condition of Egypt about to be distributed. The repairs to the barrage have given very satisfactory results. We have no information as to the water supply of Alexandria during low Nile.