HC Deb 29 July 1936 vol 315 cc1509-10
22. Colonel WEDGWOOD

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies why no steps have yet been taken in Palestine to suppress and deport the committee in Jerusalem who are directing the terrorist activity?

The SECRETARY of STATE for the COLONIES (Mr. Ormsby-Gore)

It is for the High Commissioner for Palestine to decide, in the light of his knowledge of local circumstances, what individuals it is best to place under restraint for activities connected with the present state of disorder, and I am satisfied that he will not hesitate to make full use of the powers which he possesses in whatever way he considers necessary.


Would it not be desirable for the High Commissioner to be recommended to meet the responsible committee and come to an understanding for the settlement of the question?


Is there any truth at all in the assumption in the right hon. and gallant Gentleman's question that the insubordination has been directed by the committee in Jerusalem?


As I stated in the House, I think it rather does beg the question, and I would not like to express an opinion.


Is this not again a case where the workers were out on strike and were ordered to go back to their work before they could discuss terms? Why not send out a Commission to discuss the matter?

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