HC Deb 25 February 1908 vol 184 cc1561-2
MR. J. M. ROBERTSON (Northumberland, Tyneside)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the scheme for extending the power of provincial councils in Egypt which has been issued in Arabic, will also be published in an English translation; whether the expended powers now proposed for the provincial councils are to be other than advisory, and such as can be superseded by the Ministry of the Interior or the Council of Ministers; and whether, in giving the qualification for membership of a provincial council at an animal payment of £50 in taxes on land within the province for which a candidate is elected, this being the qualification appointed form mebership on the legislative council, the measure will deprive the provincial councils of the assistance of many Egyptians otherwise competent to render efficient services as representative of their constituencies.


I have not got the information asked for, but I will make inquiries.