HC Deb 15 December 1937 vol 330 c1146
26. Captain Strickland

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he can provide figures showing the approximate revenue which the Palestine Government have derived from the municipality and inhabitants of Tel Aviv during each of the past three years from such items as posts, telegraphs, telephones, court fees, and other sources; and what has been the amount of the grant-in-aid from the Government towards the municipal revenues during the same period?

Mr. Ormsby-Gore

The total amount of the grants-in-aid for the period mentioned was £60,000. The amount of these grants, which is determined solely by the budgetary needs of the municipality and by the financial resources of the Government of Palestine, has no relation to the amount of revenue derived by the Government from posts, telegraphs, or other services in respect of the municipal area. In the circumstances, I should not feel justified in imposing upon the Government of Palestine the labour of extracting the revenue figures desired by my hon. and gallant Friend, and, indeed, I doubt whether it is practicable to do so.

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