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Canal Zone, Egypt (Protection)

Volume 441: debated on Tuesday 29 July 1947

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asked the Secretary of State for War, what is the value of military stores stolen by native marauders in the Canal zone of Egypt during the last year; how many cases of assault against troops have been reported; and what action he has taken in order to protect both Forces and stores in this area.

The information asked for in the first part of the Question is not yet available. Nineteen cases of assault against British troops in the Canal zone were reported during the twelve months ended 31st March. Every unit and detachment has proper guard orders and a system of sentries and patrols on their camps or barracks. All major installations are provided with a system of defences, comprising obstacles, and, in some cases, searchlights, in addition to vehicle and foot patrols round the perimeter.