HC Deb 15 November 1956 vol 560 c35W
Mr. Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether, as a token of the desire of Her Majesty's Government to foster friendly relations between this country and Egypt, he will arrange for an interest-free loan to be granted to Egypt, in addition to any amount of payment in the form of reparations that may subsequently be paid by Britain to Egypt, so as to enable Egypt to improve the standard of living of her people.

Mr. Dodds-Parker

No. In December, 1955, Her Majesty's Government offered Egypt an outright gift so that she could improve the standard of living of her people by constructing the Aswan High Dam; but the Egyptian Government preferred to increase its expenditure of money on arms and subversive propaganda.