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Suez Canal (Detained Ships)

Volume 466: debated on Monday 27 June 1949

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will make a statement on the detention by the Egyptian Government of British ships in the Suez Canal area.

In response to our recent representations, the Egyptians have agreed to abolish military inspection of ships, to speed up inspection, to cease demanding certificates of ultimate destination and to inspect only suspected military cargo. However, we do not consider these concessions to be adequate, and are continuing to press strongly for the abolition of all restrictions.

Is the Government going to put in any claim for compensation for the loss that many British shippers have suffered because of the delay imposed upon their ships?