§ Mr. SWAN
asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether fresh orders were issued on 3rd May last to the Egyptian Press to the effect that no mention must be made of anything concerning Zaghloul Pasha and the visiting of Abdin Palace by deputations, from all over Egypt, praying King Fuad for the repatriation of Zaghloul Pasha and his colleagues; whether these instructions were given by Lord Allenby after his return to Cairo from his recent visit to the Sudan; and, if so, what authority has Lord Allenby over the Press of an independent country?
Early in May instructions were issued in Egypt prohibiting the ventilation in the Press of the agitation for the return of Zaghloul Pasha. These instructions were issued by the competent military authorities Tinder martial law.
§ Mr. SWAN
asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the written complaint, signed by Zaghloul Pasha and his colleagues deported with 1439W him and handed to the officer in charge of them at Aden on 7th February last, in which they said that they were all invalids at the time, some suffering from diabetes, some from Bright's disease and other diseases, and asking to be sent to a place less hot and damp than the Seychelles, has been received here; and what action do His Majesty's Government propose to take in the matter?
I understand that the report which, as I informed the hon. Member on the 3rd May, was asked for on this subject has not yet been received. The last part of the question does not, therefore, arise.