HC Deb 17 February 1937 vol 320 cc1166-7
26. Mr. Gallacher

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware of the decision to extend the municipal boundaries of Tel-Aviv and that Arab villages formerly under the Ramleh rural administration have been brought, contrary to the wishes of the inhabitants, under the jurisdiction of Tel-Aviv; what is the total acreage of the transferred area; and whether the inhabitants of transferred districts will be subject to a higher rate of local taxation in consequence of the transfer?

Mr. Ormsby-Gore

I have no information regarding the matters referred to in the hon. Member's question, and I am asking the Officer Administering the Government of Palestine for a report.

Mr. T. Williams

Is it not a fact that Tel-Aviv is the most up-to-date and best-managed part of Palestine from the point of view of health and administration, and if the whole country were on an equal footing, would it not be a far better country?

Mr. Ormsby-Gore

I understand that the municipality of Tel-Aviv is very well managed.

Mr. Gallacher

Is the fact that it is the most up-to-date part any excuse for an attempt to swallow up the independence of other people?

Colonel Wedgwood

Is the light hon. Gentleman aware that there are also many Jewish houses on the border of Tel-Aviv which have been amalgamated with Jaffa, in spite of the fact that their water, gas and electric light supplies come from Tel-Aviv?

Mr. Ormsby-Gore

I am aware that there is a Jewish population in Jaffa.

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