Police.

Oral Answers to Questions — Palestine. – in the House of Commons on 6th November 1929.

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Photo of Mr Ernest Bennett Mr Ernest Bennett , Cardiff Central

32.

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies the expenditure involved in the recruiting and transport of additional British police to Palestine?

Photo of Captain Harry Crookshank Captain Harry Crookshank , Gainsborough

61.

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the cost of the recently recruited gendarmerie for Palestine is to be paid for out of Imperial funds or entirely by the Palestinian Government?

Photo of Mr William Lunn Mr William Lunn , Rothwell

The expenditure incurred on the recruitment and transport to Palestine of additional British police who were recently engaged in this country was approximately £3,900. This expenditure is borne by the Palestine Government.

Photo of Mr Harry Day Mr Harry Day , Southwark Central

Can the hon. Gentleman give the numbers of British police who were transported?

Photo of Colonel Josiah Wedgwood Colonel Josiah Wedgwood , Newcastle-under-Lyme

38.

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies the number of Jews and Arabs respectively in the Palestine police and the Palestine defence forces at the latest date available prior to the rising?

Photo of Mr William Lunn Mr William Lunn , Rothwell

The latest available figures for the Palestine police are: Jews, 211; Arabs (including all non-British Christians), 1,120. For the Trans-Jordan frontier force: Jews, 27; Arabs, 441. The latter force, while available for service in both Palestine and Trans-Jordan, operates mainly in Trans-Jordan, to which the Balfour Declaration does not apply.

Photo of Colonel Josiah Wedgwood Colonel Josiah Wedgwood , Newcastle-under-Lyme

Can my hon. Friend say whether the police who failed in their duty on 23rd August have been restored to the force, and, if so, has there been any disciplinary action taken?

Photo of Mr William Lunn Mr William Lunn , Rothwell

I should like to have notice of that question.

Photo of Colonel Victor Cazalet Colonel Victor Cazalet , Chippenham

Can the hon. Gentleman say whether the expenses of the whole of that force are found by Palestine or by Trans-Jordan?

Photo of Mr William Lunn Mr William Lunn , Rothwell

I could not give an answer to that question.