§ Lieut.-Commander FLETCHER
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies, whether he has any statement to make on the situation in Palestine?2392W
Mr. M. MacDONALD
While some measure of disturbance is still reported in various parts of the country, I am glad to say that the general situation in Pales tine has shown distinct improvement in the last two or three days. I deeply regret to say that a British Constable was shot and killed in the old city of Jerusalem yesterday. I feel sure that the House will wish to express its sympathy with his relatives and friends. The High Commissioner is satisfied that the forces at his disposal are at present adequate, and reports that another additional battalion had been sent from Egypt are without foundation.
Honourable Members have no doubt see; in the Press that tear gas is being held in reserve by the Palestine Police for use in certain contingencies in sup pression of civil disorder. In making this annoucement for general information the High Commissioner has issued the following statement:—
"This vapour is not lethal and is entirely harmless, producing no ill-effects beyond a temporary disablement. Its employment can in no case cause permanent injury of any kind.
"In authorising the use of this vapour, should occasion arise, His Excellency the High Commissioner has been prompted by a desire to avoid as far as possible the necessity for employing measures for preservation of law and order that might result in loss of life or serious injury."