HC Deb 04 November 1936 vol 317 cc81-2W

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies under what circumstances and by whom were the Arab kings, or any of them, applied to for assistance or advice concerning Palestine; and, as this step derogates from our sole responsibility to the League for Palestine, will he lay Papers?


No application whatever was made to any Arab rulers either by His Majesty's Government or by the High Commissioner for Palestine for assistance or advice concerning Palestine. Certain Arab rulers, however, spontaneously intimated to His Majesty's Government through the diplomatic channel their willingness to use their influence with the Arabs of Palestine in the interests of peace and were informed, in reply to inquiries as to the attitude of His Majesty's Government in the matter, that His Majesty's Government would raise no objection to the Arab rulers addressing an appeal to the Arabs of Palestine to cease the strike and the campaign of violence provided that the appeal was unconditional. No undertakings or promises either explicit or implied were given by His Majesty's Government, and it was made quite clear to the rulers concerned that His Majesty's Government were not prepared to enter into any kind of commitment whatever. In view of the foregoing explanation, the last part of the question does not arise.