HC Deb 20 November 1967 vol 754 cc899-900
26. Mr. Wall

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what progress has been made in negotiations with the United Arab Republic about the restitution of, or payment of compensation for, British property resequestrated under Proclamation 138 in 1961.

The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs (Mr. Goronwy Roberts)

The United Arab Republic authorities have assured us that arrangements are in hand to bring the negotiations to a conclusion.

Mr. Wall

I understand the difficulty about the resumption of diplomatic relations with pre-conditions, but will the Minister undertake to give this matter particular consideration when relations are resumed and also ensure the correct implementation of the Anglo-Egyptian Financial Agreement?

Mr. Roberts

The resumption, as we hope, of diplomatic relations will undoubtedly expedite this matter. It is being considered with all the urgency that the hon. Member has asked for.

Mr. Dodds-Parker

Will the Minister ensure that the products of the Aden refinery will not be made available to Egypt until she settles these outstanding problems?

Mr. Roberts

That is an entirely different question.