§ Colonel WEDGWOOD
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies why the disorders in Palestine were allowed to continue for six months without martial law being proclaimed?
§ Mr. ORMSBY-GORE
In view of the extensive powers conferred on the High Commissioner by the Palestine (Defence) Order in Council, it was not necessary or desirable to proclaim martial law in Palestine. As the situation developed, however, the Palestine (Defence) Order in Council was amended so as to enable the High Commissioner to delegate to the General Officer Commanding the Forces in Palestine very wide powers for securing the public safety and the defence of the country as soon as the necessary additional reinforcements were available. In view of the calling off of the general strike on 12th October and of the improvement in the situation in Palestine, it has not been necessary for the High Commissioner to delegate any powers, but the powers remain and could be delegated in the event of serious disorder breaking out again.