Oral Answers to Questions — Loss of Steamship "struma."

– in the House of Commons on 12th March 1942.

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Photo of Sir Geoffrey Mander Sir Geoffrey Mander , Wolverhampton East

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies why, in view of the circumstances in which the steamship "Struma" with 750 Jewish men, women and children refugees from Rumania was sunk in the Black Sea, these victims of persecution were refused permission to enter Palestine?

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

I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply which I gave on this subject to the hon. Member for Cheltenham (Mr. Lipson) on 11th March, to which I have nothing to add.

Photo of Sir Geoffrey Mander Sir Geoffrey Mander , Wolverhampton East

Does not my hon. Friend think it was a very cruel thing that these persons should be sent to almost certain torture and death without any alternative arrangements being made, and could not anything have been done for the children in the six weeks that were available?

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

If my hon. Friend will read my reply of yesterday, he will see that it was a carefully balanced statement, and I would ask him not to press me to add anything to it at this moment?

Photo of Sir Geoffrey Mander Sir Geoffrey Mander , Wolverhampton East

Does not this incident show that the shameful MacDonald White Paper should now be torn up?