HC Deb 05 July 1910 vol 18 cc1487-8

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will lay upon the Table the correspondence which passed between the Suez Canal Company, the British Consul-General, and the Egyptian Government in reference to the proposed Suez Canal Agreement, and the text of the reasons drawn up by the Committee of the General Assembly for refusing to agree to the proposal?


I have no knowledge of any correspondence that has passed either between the Suez Canal Company on the one hand and His Majesty's Agent and Consul-General on the other, or between Sir Eldon Gorst and the Egyptian Government; nor am I in possession of copies of the correspondence which has passed between the Suez Canal Company and the Egyptian Government. I will get further copies of the Report and of the reply of the Egyptian Government, and place one or two in the Library; but they are long documents, and I do not think that the considerable expense of translating and reprinting them would be justified.