HC Deb 12 March 1941 vol 369 cc1257-8
11. Mr. Creech Jones

asked the Undersecretary of State for the Colonies whether he can now make a statement regarding the Palestine citrus industry?

The Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies (Mr. George Hall)

His Majesty's Government recognise the need of the Palestine citrus industry for assistance in the situation caused by the loss of its normal export markets during the present season and have approved in principle proposals designed both to maintain employment and to preserve in being a reasonable proportion of the matured and fully efficient groves. At the same time encouragement is being given to other lines of agricultural production, particularly the local production of foodstuffs. Details are being worked out with the High Commissioner for Palestine and when these are completed an announcement will be made.