HC Deb 07 December 1949 vol 470 cc1888-9
70. Mr. Touche

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty the number of frigates, which have recently been or are about to be transferred from the Royal Navy to the Egyptian Government; and what arrangements have been made for payment for these ships by the Egyptian Government.

Mr. W. Edwards

Six frigates have been transferred to Egypt during the last few months and the transfer of a seventh is under negotiation. Payment has been made for three by sterling cheque.

Dr. Segal

Can my hon. Friend say whether these frigates have been transferred unconditionally or has any undertaking been given that they will be used for defence purposes only?

Mr. Edwards

My hon. Friend will have to put that question on the Order Paper.