HC Deb 06 July 1949 vol 466 cc2125-6
6. Mr. Lipson

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will make representations to the Government of Israel, with a view to hastening the reopening of the oil refineries at Haifa.

8. Mr. Warbey

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what steps he is taking in consultation with the Israeli Government to secure a full resumption of work at the Haifa oil refineries.

Mr. Bevin

I have nothing to add to the reply given to the hon. Member for Bury (Mr. W. Fletcher) on 4th July.

Mr. Lipson

In view of the contribution which these oil refineries can make to the dollar position if they are reopened, will the Foreign Secretary say what steps he is taking, or proposes to take, in the near future to secure that this oil shall be available?

Mr. Bevin

I can add nothing to the answer I have given at present.

Mr. Warbey

Is my right hon. Friend aware that the answer given by his right hon. Friend on Monday did not satisfy hon. Members that this matter was being treated with the vigour and urgency which it demands? Will my right hon. Friend give an assurance that he will leave no stone unturned to get the refineries re-opened?

Mr. Bevin

This is a matter between two other Governments. While I do what I can, I have to treat both of them as independent Governments.