HC Deb 09 July 1923 vol 166 c899
10. Mr. BECKER

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies how Palestine is at present being administered; who appoints the officials and from whom do they get their authority and instructions; is it His Majesty's Government's intention to form a self-determination government; and can he give his assurance that Palestine will be administered by British authority and Palestine governed as a Crown Colony?


Palestine is being administered by a High Commissioner acting under the instructions of His Majesty's Government. The High Commissioner is appointed by His Majesty the King. The other officials of the Palestine administration are appointed by the High Commissioner subject to the direction of the Secretary of State for the Colonies. They are under the orders of the High Commissioner. In regard to the last two parts of the question the policy of His Majesty's Government was defined in Command Paper No. 1700 which was laid in this House in June, 1922.