HC Deb 21 April 1948 vol 449 cc1797-8
24. Mr. Thomas Reid

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies to what extent the delivery of oil from Kirkuk to Haifa and its refinement at Haifa have been decreased recently; and what protection will be given by His Majesty's Government to this British oil business in Palestine after 15th May.

Mr. Mayhew

The refineries were closed for three weeks early this year as a result of communal disorders, and full production was not resumed for a further three weeks. Work ceased again on 12th April as a result of a strike of Arab workers. After r5th May and until the final withdrawal the installations will be within the area occupied by British troops and will receive the protection afforded by their presence.