Women's Conference (DR. Weizmann's Message).

Oral Answers to Questions — Palestine. – in the House of Commons on 4th March 1942.

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Photo of Mr Samuel Silverman Mr Samuel Silverman , Nelson and Colne

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies why the message recently sent by Dr. Weizmann to a women's conference in Palestine was banned by the Palestine censorship department; and whether he will institute a special inquiry into the activities of this department?

Photo of Mr Harold Macmillan Mr Harold Macmillan , Stockton-on-Tees

Dr. Weizmann's message was read at an A.T.S. recruiting meeting in Palestine on 26th January, and appeared in the "Palestine Post" on the following day. The second part of the Question does not, therefore, arise.

Photo of Mr Samuel Silverman Mr Samuel Silverman , Nelson and Colne

Are we to understand from that answer that this message was not at any time, or in any circumstances, forbidden by the Censorship Department from being published?

Photo of Mr Harold Macmillan Mr Harold Macmillan , Stockton-on-Tees

It was given at a meeting one afternoon and published in the "Palestine Post," which is the paper managed by the Agency, the next morning.

Photo of Mr Daniel Lipson Mr Daniel Lipson , Cheltenham

Is the right hon. Gentleman satisfied that the whole of the message was published?

Mr. Creech Jones:

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that in a great section of the Palestinian Press this message was suppressed at the instance of the Palestine Government Censor?

Photo of Mr Harold Macmillan Mr Harold Macmillan , Stockton-on-Tees

I have given the information which was given to me.

Mr. Creech Jones:

It is incorrect.

Photo of Mr Samuel Silverman Mr Samuel Silverman , Nelson and Colne

Will the right hon. Gentleman seek further information?