HC Deb 20 December 1956 vol 562 cc216-7W
64. Mr. P. Noel-Baker

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs at what hour of what day Her Majesty's Ambassador in Tel Aviv dispatched his message saying that Israeli troops were within 18 miles of the Suez Canal at 9.40 p.m. on 30th October; and from what source Her Majesty's Ambassador received this information.

Mr. Dodds-Parker

At 11.10 p.m. on 30th October, 1956. I am not prepared to reveal the source of the Ambassador's information.

66. Mr. P. Noel-Baker

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs at what hour Egypt agreed to a cease-fire on 2nd November, provided that Israel, France and Britain also agreed; at what hour Israel agreed on 3rd November; at what hour all fighting between Israeli and Egyptian forces had ceased on the morning of 5th November; at what hour French and British troops made their landing al Port Fuad and Port Said on 5th November; and at what hour Her Majesty's Government accepted a ceasefire on 6th November.

Mr. Dodds-Parker

The Israeli and Egyptian Government's communications concerning the cease-fire were made to the Secretary-General, and Her Majesty's Government have no knowledge of the precise hour of the day at which they were made. Nor do we know at what hour hostilities between Israeli and Egyptian forces ceased. Our own landings on 5th December were made at 05.15 hours local time (03.15 hours Greenwich Mean Time). On 6th December, Sir Pierson Dixon informed the Secretary-General of the United Nations at 5.45 p.m. of Her Majesty's Government's intention to order a cease-fire at midnight.