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Coll 15/5 'EGYPT British community in Egypt: problems of post-war reconstruction' [‎19r] (37/68)

The record is made up of 1 file (32 folios). It was created in 13 Jun 1944-23 Apr 1945. It was written in English. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers.


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2 of the Convention, protection against discriminatory
legislation, and the numerous scheduled Institutions of an
^Educational, Medical or Charitable character will remain free
to carry out their activities and maintain their staffs under
the terms of the letters exchanged on 8th May, 1937, After 1949,
however, these advantages which were strictly limited to the
transition period will disappear. The only shreds of the
concessions given at toontreux that will remain are the
declaration that the limitation to this period of the under-
taking not to discriminate against foreigners does not connote
any intention of doing so when the period ends: the rather in
tangible assert! n that in applying lav/s to foreigners the
Egyptian Government's policy will not be incompatible with the
generally adopted principles of modern legislation: and the
suggestion in the exchange of letters above referred to that
the privileges accorded for the transition period to scheduled
Institutions might be extended by the conclusion of a subsequent
agreement with, in the ease of British Institutions, HMG Her or His Majesty’s Government in London. ,
15, The recommendations in this Section of the Report are all
made with a view to early action, during the former of the above
periodSo It ’would be un-vise to wait until the later period when
the urgency would be even greater but the possibility of carrying
them out would probably be much lessened. In fact in many casec
the suggested action, if it is to be effective, should be taken
now with the Egyptian Government, in order that it may not be
found when the war comes to an end that British interests have
already been allowed to slip. The Committee have considered the
possibility of eventual recourse to commercial retaliatory
measures in the event of the Egyptian Government adopting an
attitude frankly hostile to the maintenance and development of
British trade. They recognise that this is a weapon that should
not be lightly used as it might well be found, if wrongly em
ployed, to aggravate rather than relieve the position, particular,
during the war it would be impossible to apply many otherwise
available measures of commercial pressure without injuring the
economy of Egypt to the detriment of the war effort. Neverthele 1
it is suggested that all possible methods of applying such
pressure should be studied now with a view to their application
at some future date if it should become necessary and
desirable to do so. It is hoped that even then the threat
of application might be sufficient.
16, The most obvious method by which the British
yt,,«vCommunity (which will then be predominantly commercial and
> not, as in previous times, conspicuously official) can be
helped is by the encouragement of British trade in Egypt, For
a grade drive should be organised and supported
Uni tpa h «-i° b ^ e0t ™ kln S Egyptians buy their goods from the
United Aingdom and the Dominions, thus increasing the
a£ents U of Brfti'T J 0cally established British tradesmen and
", n? n tS f Brltlsh f irms. It is known that the British Chambers
tL"npnn r ? e a f® ? tr ; on Sly urging such a post-war drive through
!T nt ° f ? verseas Trade, and that this proposal is
the Briti^h e r i£ 0nSiderat i° n by the Commercial Secretariats of
in%eneral h tenmr S1 n S t and Tf gations in Nea r Eastern Countries,
in general terms. But m the case of Egypt it is considered
that a special opportunity is offered by the Treaty The

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The file is mainly comprised of a letter (ff 8-13) from HM High Commissioner for Egypt and Sudan (Miles Wedderburn Lampson, the Lord Killearn) to the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (Sir Anthony Eden), accompanying a report (ff 14-33) on issues facing the British community in Egypt during the phase of post-war reconstruction.

The report is divided into two sections:

  • Section A. Reestablishment of local servicemen and servicewomen
  • Section B. General position of the British community after the war

A further letter from HM High Commissioner for Egypt and Sudan to the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs accompanies a memorandum by the Legal Counsellor for submission to the Middle East Demobilisation Advisory Committee.

The file includes a divider which gives a list of correspondence references contained in the file by year. This is placed at the back of the correspondence.

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1 file (32 folios)

The papers are arranged in rough chronological order from the rear to the front of the file

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Foliation: the foliation sequence for this description commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 34; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio.

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