HC Deb 26 April 1932 vol 265 cc211-2

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies when it is proposed to hold the election for the municipal authority in Jerusalem; and what measures it is proposed to take to ensure that the franchise shall be on a widely democratic basis?

The UNDER-SECRETARY of STATE for the COLONIES (Sir Robert Hamilton)

I am unable to make a definite reply; but when the matter was raised some time ago it was the intention that elections to municipal councils should be postponed until after the enactment of a new Local Government Ordinance. I understand that a draft Ordinance is shortly to be laid before the municipal councils for their consideration. I have no doubt that in framing the new Local Government Ordinance the Government of Palestine will have paid due consideration to the point raised in the latter part of the question.