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Volume 155: debated on Thursday 22 June 1922

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asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether any medical reports concerning the health of Zaghloul Pasha and his colleagues have been received from the Seychelles; if so, how many; and what are their exact contents?

Two reports on the health of Zaghloul Pasha and his associates have been received from the Officer Administering the Seysehelles. The first one, dated 12th May, stated that Zaghloul Pasha had for a long time suffered from diabetes, but that, in the opinion of the chief medical officer, there was no reason to believe that the disease was being adversely influenced by his residence in those islands. The same report stated that Barakat Pasha was suffering from pyorrhea alveolaris, for which treatment had been recommended, and added that the remainder were in good health. The second report, dated 5th June, reported that with the exception of the chronic diseases from which Zaghloul Pasha and Barakat Pasha were suffering, the deportees were in good health.

Would the Under-Secretary, in view of the conflicting statements about the matter, receive a deputation, if necessary, confined to Members of Parliament, to present the report given by specialists who treated this gentleman over a period of years—he came to Europe for the purpose of that treatment?

Is it not a well-known fact that mental worry is always the cause or an aggravation of diabetes?

Perhaps the hon. Member will not be over anxious concerning supplementary questions.