Zaghloul Pasha summoned a mass meeting to take place on 23rd December. This meeting was prohibited by the High Commissioner in the interest of public order. Zaghloul Pasha, having issued an inflammatory appeal to Egyptians protesting against this order, the High Commissioner ordered him and his principal lieutenants to desist from further participation in politics. As Zaghloul and some of his colleagues refused to obey, they were arrested and deported.
No, Sir. I have given the hon. Member a very full reply to the question, and I stand by it.
Is it not a fact that as a result of the High Commissioner's action matters are now quieter?
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asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the considerable number of protests against Zaghloul Pasha's arrest received by the Foreign Office and the Prime Minister have been enumerated; if so, how many there were; whether one message from Egyptians was received favouring Zaghloul Pasha's arrest; 283 whether the reconstituted Wafd or Egyptian delegation issued a manifesto declaring that it would not support any Egyptian ministry before his repatriation; and whether he is aware that the two members who did not sign this manifesto resigned and relinquished politics on account of ill-health?
The reply to the first and third parts of the question is in the negative, and to the fourth part in the affirmative. As regards the last part of the question, I am not aware that those Members who did not sign the manifesto have relinquished politics.