HC Deb 10 June 1953 vol 516 cc195-6
6. Mr. T. Reid

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs how much Egypt has agreed to pay for the construction or maintenance of the Suez Canal base; and how much she has paid.

The Minister of State (Mr. Selwyn Lloyd)

The Egyptian Government agreed in the 1936 Treaty to construct barrack and technical accommodation in the Canal Zone for the British forces, a quarter of the cost to be paid by His Majesty's Government. Construction had not started by the outbreak of war and was subsequently carried out entirely by His Majesty's Government. In the event, no accommodation or public utilities have been provided at the expense of the Egyptian Government.