HC Deb 17 March 1938 vol 333 c584
49. Mr. Denman

asked the Prime Minister whether an opportunity can be given to debate the Motion, "Palestine (Jewish Immigration)," standing in the name of the hon. Member for Central Leeds and others?

[That, in the opinion of this House, immigration of Jews into Palestine in accordance with the principle of economic absorptive capacity should be resumed from the end of March, 1938.]

The Prime Minister

In view of the state of public business I am afraid I can hold out no hope of special facilities being given for the discussion of this Motion.

Mr. Denman

Can the right hon. Gentleman provide an early opportunity for discussing the importance to this country of a powerful Jewish State in Palestine, as well as the growing need of the Jews for a National Home?

The Prime Minister

I cannot add anything to what I have said. I am afraid that the Government have no time at their disposal.

Sir Percy Harris

Can we not discuss the matter on the Consolidated Fund Bill?

Colonel Wedgwood

In view of the apparent extermination of the Jews in Austria, could the right hon. Gentleman not get some modification made in the immigration schedule which has recently been put up, as the policy of this Government on Palestine?

Mr. Speaker

That matter goes rather a long way from the question.