HC Deb 27 July 1937 vol 326 cc2839-40
26. Colonel Wedgwood

asked the Secretary of State for War whether the War Office have as yet expressed any views on the question of the frontiers of the proposed new Arab State and, in particular, as to communications between the Mediterranean and Aqaba?

Mr. Hore-Belisha

No, Sir, but I understand the Royal Commission had informal conversations with the three Chiefs of Staff.

Colonel Wedgwood

Are we to understand from that that the matter has not yet been before the Secretary of State?

Mr. Hore-Belisha

No, Sir. Those were informal conversations between the Committee and the Chiefs of Staff.

Colonel Wedgwood

And no more?

45. Mr. Mander

asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the British Government's unwillingness to continue to administer the Mandate for Palestine, the Government will be prepared to acquiesce in any proposal that may be made by the League of Nations to transfer the Mandate to the United States of America?

The Prime Minister (Mr. Chamberlain)

The first part of the hon. Member's question is not a correct statement of the position; the second part does not, therefore, arise.

Mr. Mander

In view of the British Government's failure to do the job, would it not be reasonable to let some other suitable country have a try?

Colonel Sandeman Allen

Would a country not a member of the League of Nations be suitable to accept a mandate?

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