Oral Answers to Questions — Palestine (Rumanian Jews).

– in the House of Commons on 2nd April 1941.

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

asked the Undersecretary of State for the Colonies whether he has any further information to give regarding the granting of permission to 700 Jews to enter Palestine in view of the pogroms in Rumania; and whether he can give an assurance that the 700 certificates were not old ones issued before the pogroms?

Photo of Mr George Hall Mr George Hall , Merthyr Tydfil Aberdare

No, Sir. I am not yet in a position to make any further statement. My reply of 19th March related only to persons who had received Palestine immigration certificates before Rumania was declared enemy-occupied territory.

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

Why did my hon. Friend give me a misleading answer a fortnight ago? Was he himself misled by his own permanent officials?

Photo of Mr George Hall Mr George Hall , Merthyr Tydfil Aberdare

I regret if I misled my right hon. Friend. It was not intentional.