HC Deb 06 July 1955 vol 543 cc1123-4
42. Major Wall

asked the Minister of Defence what steps are being taken to repatriate Maltese and Cypriot civilians now employed by the British Forces in the Canal Zone who are not able to obtain employment in the Zone after the evacuation is completed.

Mr. Selwyn Lloyd

Some of the Maltese and Cypriots in the employment of the Services in the Canal Zone are entitled to repatriation under their terms of service. This will be done. Most of the remainder were living in Egypt when they were recruited. Her Majesty's Government will give all possible assistance to these men in obtaining further employment.

Major Wall

While thanking my right hon. and learned Friend for that sympathetic reply, may I ask him whether he is aware that the British community in Egypt are worried that a large number of British nationals may become unemployed in that country, and would he consider making representations to extend the scheme of assisted emigration to Australia to operate from Suez as well as from Malta and the mainland?

Mr. Lloyd

There are about 240 persons in the category referred to by my hon. and gallant Friend. I will certainly bear his suggestion in mind.