§ 75. Lieut.-Colonel HURST
asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether a scheme of compensation for Anglo-Egyptian officials who will retire on or after the establishment of Egyptian independence was submitted through Lord Allenby to the Foreign Office and approved in principle by His Majesty's Government: whether a new scheme, based exclusively on length of service in Egypt, has been since substituted for the original scheme by the Foreign Office without the concurrence or knowledge of the officials concerned; and whether he can make a full statement on the subject?
The principles on which the scheme of compensation prepared by the British officials in Egypt was based were not only regarded as reasonable, but were incorporated in Section IX of the Draft Convention presented to the Egyptian delegation on the 10th November last. The tables of com pensation referred to in Article XXII of that draft were calculated in the manner prescribed, and were communicated to Lord Allenby as likely to be of value in connection with any arrangements which might ultimately be made to facilitate the retirement of British officials from the service of the Egyptian Government. No such arrangements have yet been made, as the Egyptian delegation rejected the Draft Convention, and consequently the Egyptian Government have acquired no new powers to dispense with the services of their officials.