HC Deb 19 February 1947 vol 433 cc181-2W
74. Mr. Janner

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what steps have been taken to find alternative accommodation for the families evicted from their dwellings by the Palestine authorities in the cities of Jerusalem, Haifa and Tel Aviv.

Mr. Creech Jones

Alternative accommodation has already been found for the great majority of families evicted and the remainder will be re-settled in the very near future. All of us must regret the inconvenience caused. I will circulate a more detailed statement in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the statement

The following was the situation in the three towns mentioned on 17th February:

Jerusalem.—From two—four days' notice of eviction was given. Of 1,100 persons concerned, boo made their own arrangements and 230 have been allocated accommodation by the Jewish Community Council in premises placed at its disposal by the Government. Alternative accommodation for the balance of 270 persons will be available within the next few days.

Haifa.—Three days' notice of eviction was given. The majority of the 700 persons concerned made their own arrangements. Accommodation has already been allocated to the remainder by the District Commissioner with the active co-operation of the Mount Carmel Residents Association.

Tel-Aviv. —All persons evicted were moved at short notice to camps. The majority of the 515 persons concerned have since found accommodation in permanent buildings and it is confidently expected that the balance will be provided for in the near future.