HC Deb 27 November 1996 vol 286 c292W
Mr. Alton

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action Her Majesty's Government are taking to encourage the Government of Egypt to repeal laws that require presidential permission for the building, repair and maintenance of churches. [5724]

Mr. Hanley

While the laws in question can cause problems for Christians, our contacts with Christians in Egypt show that they would not welcome outside intervention on their behalf.