HC Deb 05 November 1956 vol 558 cc200-1W
Captain Kerby

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs how many British subjects are at present imprisoned by Colonel Nasser upon espionage and other charges; the last information he has as to their present whereabouts; and what foreign Power is now charged with arranging for their defence and guarding their interests.

Mr. Dodds-Parker

Ten British subjects are known to be under arrest by the Egyptian authorities. Four are charged with espionage and were recently reported to be comfortably accommodated in Cairo. No information is available about the reasons for the arrest of the other six, or their place of detention. The Swiss Government have assumed responsibility for the protection of British interests in Egypt. This will include arrangements for the defence of the arrested men.