§ MR. PIERPOINT (Warrington)
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is aware that the Italian Government has recently published a memoir, entitled Le Irrigazione nell' Egitto, as part of the Carta Idrografica d'Italia, which contains a full description and three maps illustrative of the situation and working of the proposed Raiyan Reservoir, to which Lord Cromer refers in the three Annual Reports on Egypt of 1891, 1892, and 1893; and whether, in view of the large British interests involved, he will cause a translation of so much of this memoir as may be deemed important to be laid upon the Table of this House; or will issue a similar Memorandum explanatory of the subject, with a copy of 1470 the Fayoum-Raiyan map recently published by the Public Works Department in Cairo?
§ THE UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Sir E. GREY,) Northumberland, Berwick
The pamphlet in question has been sent to the Foreign Office by Mr. Cope Whitehouse. The interests involved are Egyptian and not British, and it would not serve any useful purpose to lay before Parliament the documents named in the question.