§ Mr. Burden
asked the Secretary of State for War what steps have been taken to improve the maintenance of the British Commonwealth war graves on Mount Scopus and in Gaza.
§ Mr. Ramsden
The staff of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission do not have regular access to the War Cemetery on Mount Scopus, and have not been able to make any improvement to its condition.
The Government, supported by the other Commonwealth Governments which participate in the work of the Commission, have made repeated efforts since 1948 to reach an agreement acceptable to all parties including the United Nations which would allow the Commission to improve and to restore the state of the cemetery. We are continuing to seek a solution of this problem.
The War Cemeteries at Gaza and Deirel Belah are satisfactorily maintained and the staff of the Commission inspect the graves from time to time.