§ Captain CAZALET
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he can give the House any particulars of the British company which in February of this year applied to the Colonial Office for the concession to finance and develop the Dead Sea salt deposits; and whether the Colonial Office have given any consideration to this offer?
§ Mr. AMERY
I was approached in February last by a firm of chartered accountants acting on behalf of a British group desiring to interest itself in the exploitation of the Dead Sea salts. The firm were informed in reply that it had been decided in principle to grant a concession to other applicants, and that, unless and until the negotiations with those applicants proved abortive, it was not possible to entertain other offers.