HC Deb 31 July 1946 vol 426 cc936-7
33. Mr. Keeling

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies, what quantities of arms were found by the Government of Palestine before they discontinued, early this month, the military searches for weapons and ammunition in the possession of the illegal military organisations condemned by the Anglo-American Commission.

Mr. George Hall

I have not yet received a complete list of the arms discovered and owing to the blowing up of the King David Hotel it may be some time before full details are available to me. I would, however, invite the hon. Member's attention to the reply which I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Preston (Dr. Segal) on 10th July in regard to the arms discovered at Yagur.

Mr. Keeling

As it is painfully obvious that those searches were not exhaustive, can the Government give us an assurance that they were not discontinued because of pressure, either from the Zionists or from any other quarter?

Mr. Hall

They were discontinued because it was the opinion of the Com-mander-in-Chief that they had achieved their purpose up to that point.

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