HC Deb 02 June 1954 vol 528 c1258
6. Mr. G. Jeger

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will make a statement on the negotiations with the Egyptian Government about compensation for British subjects murdered in Egypt.

Mr. Selwyn Lloyd

As the House will be aware, all claims for death or injury arising out of the 1952 riots in Cairo have already been met. As regards subsequent incidents in the Canal Zone, I informed the House on 3rd February that the question of reparation is bound up with the wider question of claims and counter-claims. I have nothing to add to the statement I made at that time.

Mr. Jeger

Will the Minister assure the House that this question will not be lost sight of and, when negotiations and discussions are resumed with the Egyptian Government, the question of compensation for these incidents and the fastening of responsibility directly on the Egyptian Government will be taken up?

Mr. Lloyd

Our position is fully reserved on this matter.

Mr. Alport

Will my right hon. Friend say whether compensation to the British officials whom the Egyptian Government dismissed wrongfully at the time of the trouble is included in the general statement he has made?

Mr. Lloyd

I shall be grateful to my hon. Friend if he will put down a specific Question on that point.

Mr. Chetwynd

Will the Minister pay particular attention to the case of a soldier constituent of mine, murdered in Egypt two days ago, and ask the Egyptian authorities to use the utmost vigour in bringing the perpetrators of that outrage to justice?

Mr. Lloyd

Most certainly we will.