HC Deb 26 July 1944 vol 402 cc752-3
28. Mr. Edmund Harvey

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will make a statement on the plans for demobilisation and for the absorption into civilian life of Palestinian members of the Forces.

Colonel Stanley

Plans for the demobilisation and absorption into civil life of the Palestine Local Forces are at present under consideration by the Government of Palestine in consultation with the Military Authorities concerned, but I regret that I am not yet in a position to make any announcement on the matter. The plans of the Government include, of course, the matter of reabsorbing into civil life those Palestinians serving in other than local Forces.

Mr. Harvey

Will my right hon. and gallant Friend see that an announcement is made as soon as plans are completed? It would give great encouragement.

Colonel Stanley

Yes, Sir, as my hon. Friend knows, there is now a reconstruction commission in Palestine and as soon as plans are prepared, no doubt they will be published.