HC Deb 17 February 1949 vol 461 cc211-2W
Mr. J. Hynd

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will make a statement on the clearance of the Jewish detention camps in Cyprus.

Mr. Creech Jones

The withdrawal of the Jewish detainees from Cyprus camps was completed on the 11th February, with full co-operation from the detainees themselves and the Israeli authorities. The total number transferred since the decision was taken to release the remaining detainees was 10,300.

I take this opportunity to thank the Governor of Cyprus, the Commissioner for Jewish Camps (Sir Godfrey Collins) and all other officers and men concerned for the way in which they discharged the responsibilities laid upon them in connection with these camps and also the people of Cyprus for their acceptance of any resulting inconveniences. Praise is due for the discipline and patience of the British military guards, past and present, who have fulfilled an unusual and difficult task with good humour, tact and understanding. I also gratefully recognise the work of the American Joint Distribution Committee under their Director, Mr. Laub, who spared neither pains nor expense in providing welfare staff and services for the detainees.