HC Deb 10 December 1945 vol 417 cc36-8
Mr. Lipson

( by Private Notice) asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is now in a position to give the names of the members of the Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry on Palestine?

The Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (Mr. Ernest Bevin)

Yes, Sir. The composition of the Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry will be as follows:

Judge Joseph C. Hutcheson

of the Fifth Circuit Court at Houston, Texas (American Chairman).

Mr. Justice Singletonof the King's Bench Division (British Chairman).

Dr. Frank Aydelotte,Director of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, and American Secretary of the Rhodes Trust.

Mr. Frank W. Buxton,Editor of the "Boston Herald."

Mr. W. P. Crick,Economic Adviser to the Midland Bank.

My hon. Friend the Member for East Coventry (Mr. Crossman).

Mr, O. Max Gardner,former Governor of North Carolina.

Sir F. W. Leggett,until recently Deputy Secretary of the Ministry of Labour and National Service.

Dr. James G. McDonald, former High Commissioner for Refugees.

The hon. Member for Daventry (Mr. Manningham-Buller).

Lord Morrison, until recently Member for North Tottenham.

The honourable William Phillips, former American Ambassador in Rome.

The committee's terms of reference will be as announced in my statement on the 13th November.

His Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom and the United States Government wish to urge on the committee the need for the utmost expedition in dealing with the subjects committed to them for investigation, and request that they may be furnished with their report within 120 days of the inception of the inquiry.

The procedure of the committee will be determined by the committee themselves, and it will be open to them, if they think fit, to deal simultaneously through the medium of sub-committees with their various terms of reference.

Mr. Lipson

Will the right hon. Gentleman convey to the members of the committee every good wish for the success of their labours?

Mr. Sydney Silverman

Is this committee to perform all the tasks—both interim and ad hoc tasks and permanent tasks—or are there to be separate committees?