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Egypt (Dismissed British Officials)

Volume 497: debated on Monday 10 March 1952

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what steps he has taken, and what further steps he proposes to take, to assist British nationals who have been removed from posts in Egypt finding employment in this country.

As indicated in my answer on 20th February to the hon. Member for Stalybridge and Hyde (Mr. Blackburn) these arrangements are under the general control of my right hon. and learned Friend the Minister of Labour, who is collecting information about the service and qualifications of these officials. Approaches have already been made to a number of authorities, who have agreed to give particular consideration to helping them to obtain suitable employment. Some of the officials have already been interviewed at the Foreign Office and Ministry of Labour.

In regard to the dismissal of British teaching staff in Egypt, could the Minister bring the matter to the notice of his colleague in the Ministry of Education to see whether assistance can be given in placing the teachers in positions in England?

We have consulted the Ministry of Education, and to that extent we have anticipated the hon. Gentleman's supplementary. We are also in touch with the National Union of Teachers.