For reasons already stated in Parliament, it has not been found practicable to adopt the suggestion put forward in the hon. Member's Question. As the House is aware, Jews of British nationality are liable for service in the British Forces or are free to volunteer for such services in the same way as other British subjects. Jews of alien nationality have also opportunities of service in the British Army as volunteers. So far as Palestine is concerned, there are over 10,000 Palestinian Jews serving in units of the British Army in the Middle East, and over 23,000 in various police formations which perform functions analogous to those of the Home Guard in this country. Within the last few days my Noble Friend the Colonial Secretary has telegraphed to the High Commissioner for Palestine urging the acceleration of the arming and training of all police formations and the forming of plans for the immediate expansion of the part-time police.
On account of the great interest in this matter in three Continents, its enormous importance and the obvious responsibility of this House, I beg to give notice that I will raise it in the friendliest possible way on the Adjournment.