HC Deb 05 July 1934 vol 291 c2085W

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether his attention has been drawn to the demand made at a recent sitting of the Egyptian Parliament for the abolition of the capitulations; and whether His Majesty's Government are prepared to take steps for the calling of a conference representative of the capitulary powers for the reconsideration of the whole system of capitulations?


The answer to the first part of the question is in the affrmative. As regards the second part, the Egyptian Government are known to be anxious to secure the modification in certain respects of the regime of the mixed courts. His Majesty's Government do not believe that any useful purpose would be served by enlarging, at the present time, the scope of such discussions on this subject as may be expected to take place between Egypt and the other States concerned.