HC Deb 27 June 1949 vol 466 cc753-4
60. Mr. Pickthorn

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs how much money from the donations to the Mediator's first relief project and to the United Nations Relief for Palestine Refugees has so far been spent on Arab refugees from Palestine.

Mr. Mayhew

The total cash expenditure up to the end of May amounted to the equivalent of £1,924,500. In addition, donations in kind have been received and distributed.

Mr. Pickthorn

Have the United Nations, as responsible for these charitable efforts, been asked by His Majesty's Government to consider what claims, under international law or practice, there may be against the Israeli Government for the help of these expatriates?

Mr. Mayhew

That has not been considered and it has not been done by His Majesty's Government. Perhaps the hon. Gentleman will put a question down.

Mr. F. Noel-Baker

What proportion of the money so far spent on the relief of Palestine Arab refugees has been provided by the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund?

Mr. Mayhew

I could not say the precise proportion.