§ 44. Sir H. BRITTAIN
asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the heavy financial obligations imposed on this country by the War, His Majesty's Government has made approaches to wealthy Zionists throughout the world with a view to their assuming full financial responsibility for Palestine; and, if not, will such approaches now be made?
§ The UNDER-SECRETARY of STATE for the COLONIES (Mr. E. Wood)
The answer to both parts of the question is in the negative. As long as this country continues to act as mandatory State in Palestine, His Majesty's Government is of opinion that it is incumbent upon them to accept the responsibilities, financial or other, which such a position involves.
§ Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the Zionists, rich and poor, throughout the world have been most generous in contributing to the resettlement of their compatriots in Palestine, and will he refute the suggestions made in the hon. Member's question?
§ Colonel WEDGWOOD
Is the hon. Member aware that the wealthy Zionists referred to have offered to finance a defence force, which will be a considerable relief to the British taxpayers?
§ Sir H. BRITTAIN
Is it not right that this great and patriotic race should have a say in the determination of their own land?