HC Deb 18 May 1931 vol 252 cc1583-4
31. Captain P. MACDONALD

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if his attention has been called to the recent outbreak of riot in Cairo; and if he can tell the House how many deaths were involved and how many of these were British subjects?

33. Mr. HANNON

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will inform the House of any injury to British nationals or loss to their property which has occurred during the rioting in Cairo on Thursday last?


asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he has any further statement to make as to the recent disturbances in Egypt; and whether any additional precautions have been taken for the protection of British interests?


The High Commissioner reports that on the 14th of May, the first day of the elections, a series of demonstrations in Cairo, largely in the Boulac quarter, led to firing by police and troops. The civilian casualties were 13 killed or died of wounds and 119 wounded detained in hospital. The police and army casualties were two officers and 34 men wounded. One British Cypriot subject was killed, shot, it is thought, by a stray bullet. One British subject in a tram suffered injury to his head by a stone. A number of omnibuses were badly damaged, and six trams and six railway coaches were burned. A further demonstration occurred in Cairo on the 16th of May, in which one civilian was killed. In other part of Egypt the casualties to date amount to 13 civilians killed and 38 wounded, one police officer killed, and three officers and officials and 11 men wounded. Sir Percy Loraine reports that the usual extra precautions for the protection of foreign interests generally at a moment of threatened disturbance were taken by the Egyptian Government. No additional precautions were taken by the British authorities for the protection of British interests.


Can the hon. Gentleman say whether this is the result of the policy of scuttling out of Egypt?