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Government Expenditure, Egypt

Volume 437: debated on Tuesday 6 May 1947

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will give an estimate of the sums of money spent in Egypt during 1946 and the first quarter of 1947, respectively, by the Foreign Office, the Board of Trade and the British Council.

Since the answer contains a number of figures, I will, with permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Will the Chancellor instruct the Foreign Secretary regarding the amount of money for publicity and propaganda in Egypt, because there is a great deal of anti-British propaganda which is not being answered?

Perhaps the hon. and gallant Gentleman will read the figures and then, if he wishes to address a Question to my right hon. Friend, no doubt he will do so.

Following are the figures:

1946.First quarter of 1947.
Foreign Office£588,000£132,000
Board of Trade£7,512,000£2,578,000
British Council£171,392£34,173