HC Deb 20 April 1948 vol 449 c122W
58. Mr. Bower

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if the negotiations with the Egyptian Government regarding the payment of pensions to certain former employees of that Government who are British subjects and are now resident abroad, have yet been concluded; and whether the amounts which have already been paid in this country and withheld from the pensioners since Egypt was excluded from the scheduled territories, can now be remitted to them.

Sir S. Cripps

Up to the present, the Egyptian authorities have intimated that they are not prepared to provide exchange for British pensioners living in hard currency countries. In their own interest pensioners living in such countries should return to Egypt or the Scheduled Territories. Individual cases of proved hardship, where change of residence is impracticable on account of age, ill-health, or any other reason, will be considered by His Majesty's Government, and the transfer of such pensions abroad will, where necessary, be allowed on compassionate grounds.