HC Deb 07 May 1907 vol 174 cc63-4

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the Egyptian Government, acting upon the advice of the British Agent and Consul-General, or of its own accord, have refused to communicate to the Legislative Council some, and what, Reports to the Ministers or Departments of State, in spite of repeated requests addressed by the Council to the Government to have such Reports laid before them; and whether he will direct the British Agent and Consul-General to advise the Egyptian Government henceforth to communicate all such Reports to the said Council, or, if not, will he state the reason for not doing so.


I am not aware that there is any obligation to communicate such Reports to the Legislative Council. I will inquire whether the Legislative Council have asked for Papers, and if so for what Papers. But there is no intention of interfering with the discretion of the Egyptian Government as to what Reports should be made public, a discretion which it is necessary for every Government to have.