HC Deb 20 November 1919 vol 121 cc1188-9W

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is aware that a number of wives and children of English Civil servants and other public servants in the employ of the Egyptian Government who are normally resident in Egypt are unable to get back to Egypt during the next two months owing to the number of berths occupied by persons travelling to Egypt for pleasure; and whether he will take steps to ensure that persons having a residence in Egypt or persons dependent on a relative employed in the public services have priority over tourists and have berths reserved for them by the Government?


It is incorrect to say that the number of persons travelling to Egypt for pleasure has interfered with the return of the families of Egyptian Government officials. At the request of the Foreign Office the Ministry of Shipping has placed the maximum amount if passenger accommodation possible at the disposal of the European Traffic Manager of the Sudan Government Railways, who is making arrangements for the return to Egypt of officials and their dependents. Subject to unforeseen contingencies, it is anticipated that all demands for passages will be met by the end of December.