HC Deb 19 February 1957 vol 565 cc49-50W
88. Mr. Gresham Cooke

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what assistance this country is making available to the four British subjects being tried in the Egyptian criminal court.

Mr. Ian Harvey

Before Egypt broke off diplomatic relations, Her Majesty's Embassy in Cairo gave the usual consular assistance, including visits and help in arranging for defence counsel. Since then, the Swiss authorities have acted on Her Majesty's Government's behalf.

We are at present doing what we can to arrange for British and Swiss lawyers to attend the trial, as well as a representative of the Swiss Legation in Cairo. The Egyptian authorities have agreed in principle to the presence of a Swiss observer and to the return to Cairo of Mr. Edwardes-Ker, the defendants' British solicitor.