§ MR. ALDEN
I bog to ask the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has any information to the effect that the Council of Ministers at Cairo has decided to increase the height of the Assuan Dam in order to increase the present storage of Nile water for irrigation purposes; whether he is aware that this† See (4) Debates, clxxi., 846–7.1642 scheme will further submerge the temple and island of Philæ; whetherarchaæological experts can hold out any hope under the circumstances of being able to save these ancient monuments from irreparable injury; and, if he finds it possible, will he make a reassuring statement on the subject.
§ SIR EDWARD GREY
I would refer the hon. Member to my reply to the hon. Member for East St. Pancras on this subject. The question of the temples of Philæ is fully dealt with in the despatch from Lord Cromer which will be laid before the House.