HC Deb 16 March 1938 vol 333 cc395-6
21. Mr. David Adams

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is now in a postion to make a further statement as to the situation in Palestine and the suppression of terrorist activities?

Mr. Ormsby-Gore

There has been no material change in the situation since my last statement. I have received a report of a major encounter with an armed gang west of Jenin on 4th March, in which 60 or 70 Arabs are believed to have been killed and 16 prisoners were taken, with 17 rifles, 11 bombs, and a quantity of ammunition.

Mr. Adams

Can the Minister say whether the position is improving or otherwise?

Mr. Ormsby-Gore

Since that encounter there has been a further encounter, of which I can probably give particulars next week, near Safed. A good many outbreaks are going on in the country.

22. Colonel Wedgwood

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the party of mounted Arab constables who were attacked at Taffuha, near Hebron, and suffered casualties, lost any rifles or prisoners; and were any British officers or constables present with this party?

Mr. Ormsby-Gore

No loss of rifles or prisoners has been reported. I have not the information that would enable me to answer the last that of the question.

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