HC Deb 29 January 1951 vol 483 cc574-5
68. Major Lloyd

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will ascertain from the United Nations organisation what progress is being made with the international programme for the relief of Palestinian refugees; and what prospects there are that they will receive any compensation for the property of which they have been dispossessed.

Mr. Ernest Davies

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees has, in general, made satisfactory progress. Arrangements for direct relief are working smoothly. Unfortunately, works relief has had to be curtailed owing to shortage of funds. The Israel Government have reaffirmed their willingness to pay fair compensation for abandoned lands, and have indicated that they are prepared, subject to certain conditions, to make a first payment of £1,000,000. Special machinery is being set up to arrange for the assessment and payment of compensation.

Mr. Pickthorn

In view of the expatriation of a whole people in this case, have His Majesty's Government considered proceedings for genocide?