HC Deb 01 August 1912 vol 41 cc2223-4
3. Mr. T. M. HEALY

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, whether his attention has been called to the recent case of Nolan v. Nolan in the Divorce Court, in which Dr. Harold Nolan was found by a special jury guilty of systematic cruelty to his wife and misconduct with a young Persian girl who stated her age at the time to be under sixteen; whether he is aware that Dr. Nolan is a domiciled Englishman and Controller of the Public Safety in the Ministry of the Interior and is still in the service of the Egyptian Government; whether in such capacity, as head of the secret police, he was concerned in the recent arrests of persons alleged to be implicated in a plot against the Government in Egypt; whether he is aware that Dr. Nolan left this country without obeying the order of the Court directing him to hand over the two children of the marriage to his wife; and whether he is prepared to make any recommendation to the Egyptian Government with a view to enforcing the order of the Court for delivery up of the children?


I understand that an account of this trial has appeared in the newspapers, but I am advised that the Foreign Office cannot without a request from the judge intervene to enforce the order of the Court. So far as I can see, all the ordinary remedies are available against Dr. Nolan. I may add that I understand that his employment with the Egyptian Government either is terminated or will be terminated without delay, and that he was absent on leave when the arrests referred to were made.