HC Deb 15 March 1939 vol 345 c403
71. Lieut.-Commander Fletcher

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he has any statement to make regarding methods of recruitment for police or other service in Palestine?

Mr. M. MacDonald

Recruitment for the Palestine Service is proceeding in the normal way. I am glad to have this opportunity of refuting most emphatically a recent published statement to the effect that, when prisoners convicted of violence are released from prisons in the United Kingdom, efforts are made to recruit them for service in Palestine.

Lieut.-Commander Fletcher

Has the right hon. Gentleman considered the possibility of taking action against the author of this slander, which plays into the hands of those carrying on anti-British propaganda in Palestine?

Mr. MacDonald

I must look into that matter.