§ 42. Major Wall
asked the Minister of Defence what steps are being taken to repatriate Maltese and Cypriot civilians 1124 now employed by the British Forces in the Canal Zone who are not able to obtain employment in the Zone after the evacuation is completed.
§ Mr. Selwyn Lloyd
Some of the Maltese and Cypriots in the employment of the Services in the Canal Zone are entitled to repatriation under their terms of service. This will be done. Most of the remainder were living in Egypt when they were recruited. Her Majesty's Government will give all possible assistance to these men in obtaining further employment.
§ Major Wall
While thanking my right hon. and learned Friend for that sympathetic reply, may I ask him whether he is aware that the British community in Egypt are worried that a large number of British nationals may become unemployed in that country, and would he consider making representations to extend the scheme of assisted emigration to Australia to operate from Suez as well as from Malta and the mainland?