20. Mr. CREECH JONES
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that under Section 4 (a) of the Immigration Amendment Bill, 1936, proposed by the Palestine Government, if a foreigner is charged with entering Palestine or remaining there as a traveller or on a transit visa after the permitted period, the onus of showing that he is lawfully in Palestine is on the accused person; and whether he will take steps to secure modification of these proposals in conformity with the principles of British law?
Mr. J. H. THOMAS
I am aware of the provision referred to, and I consider that it is justified in the special circumstances of Palestine, in order that attempts at evasion of the immigration law may be more effectively dealt with.