§ 79. Mr. Janner
asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that units of the Arab Legion, while in Palestine, have been provided with surplus arms and military material left over by the British security Forces now evacuating Palestine; and that members of the Arab Legion are actively assisting the Arab bands who are invading Palestine at present from outside territories; and what steps he proposes to take in the matter.
§ Mr. Shinwell
All military equipment supplied to the Arab Legion has been supplied under the terms of a contract made last year in accordance with the Anglo-Transjordan Treaty of Alliance. There is no evidence that members of the Arab Legion are assisting Arab bands who have entered Palestine from outside territories. The units of the Arab Legion which remain in Palestine are operating under the orders of the General Officer Commanding, Palestine, in an internal security role.