HC Deb 05 July 1939 vol 349 c1281
56. Captain Ramsay

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether his attention has been drawn to the evidence given in the district court in Jerusalem, on Monday, 26th June, when Max Seligmann, styling himself a British lawyer, was accused of illegally smuggling Jewish refugees into Palestine, to the effect that Mr. Seligmann had recently received encouragement in London to carry on with this illegal smuggling; and whether he will take steps to prevent such encouragement to illegal action being given in future?

Mr. M. MacDonald

Yes, Sir. But I am informed that, according to Mr. Seligmann's own evidence, what he said was not that he had himself received encouragement in London, but that it was commonly rumoured in Jewish circles in Palestine that His Majesty's Government were not unsympathetic towards illegal immigration. I would like to say, as emphatically as I can, that there is no foundation whatever for any such rumour. His Majesty's Government are using their best endeavours to prevent this traffic, and the numbers of illegal immigrants who are at present landing in Palestine will be deducted from the next quota of legal immigrants.

Mr. Noel-Baker

Will the right hon. Gentleman say where the unhappy people who leave Germany to escape the concentration camps are to go?