HC Deb 17 July 1940 vol 363 cc229-30W
Mr. David Adams

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies the position of Hebrew residents in the British mandated territory of the Holy Land who have come from enemy countries, whether they are enemy subjects or British protected persons, especially those who have been admitted for permanent residence?

Mr. George Hall

Jewish residents in Palestine who have acquired Palestinian citizenship are regarded as British protected persons. Immigrants who have not acquired Palestinian citizenship retain their original status, but the treatment accorded to them would depend upon the circumstances of each individual case.

Mr. Adams

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that the five years' compulsory course of study in over 20 legal subjects at the Government Law School in Jerusalem is double the period and triple the work prescribed by the Law faculty of the University of London; and will he therefore authorise the Law Council of Jerusalem to grant the degree of Bachelor of Laws, LL.B., to its graduates?

Mr. Hall

I am not aware that the facts are as stated in the first part of the Question. As regards the second part, the Law Council in Palestine is not a body competent to award degrees nor is it within my power to authorise it to do so.