HC Deb 02 March 1932 vol 262 cc1088-9
11. Captain ARTHUR HOPE

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the British forces in Palestine and Transjordan are paid by the British Government entirely or only partly; and if he will give the cost to the British Government in the past year?


The British forces in Palestine and Trans-Jordan are paid by His Majesty's Government, the estimated cost for the year 1931–32 being £650,000, of which approximately £170,000 represents the excess cost of these forces over their cost at normal stations. The Palestine Government has contributed towards the cost a sum of £55,000, and has, in addition, provided local services of an estimated value of £49,000.

Captain HOPE

Is there any prospect of the Palestine Government paying any more in the near future?


I cannot answer that question without seeing next year's Estimates in detail.