Oral Answers to Questions — Refugees.

– in the House of Commons on 8th February 1939.

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Photo of Mr Gordon Hall Caine Mr Gordon Hall Caine , Dorset Eastern

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies when it may be anticipated that the results of the preliminary investigations into the possibility of Jewish settlement in British Guiana and Tanganyika will be available?

Mr. M. MacDonald:

With regard to British Guiana, the investigatory Commission which is going to the Colony will begin its inquiries within the next few days. It is impossible to say how long the investigation will take, but it will certainly be a matter of several weeks before the Commission's report can be expected. With regard to Tanganyika, the Governor has already submitted a preliminary report, and the information contained in it has been communicated to the Emigration Committee of the Co-ordinating Committee for Refugees.

Mr. David Adams:

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is prepared to encourage the emigration of German settlers from Tanganyika, and to facilitate the settlement upon the land thus vacated of Jewish refugees, with a view to securing a more loyal population in these areas as well as contributing to the solution of the refugee problem?

Mr. MacDonald:

No, Sir.