Oral Answers to Questions — Palestine (British Council)

– in the House of Commons on 9th September 1942.

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Photo of Sir Patrick Hannon Sir Patrick Hannon , Birmingham Moseley

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will make a statement on the activities of the British Council in Palestine; and whether he is satisfied that the work of the Council has had a beneficient effect upon the relations between Jews, Moslems and Christian Arabs throughout that community?

Photo of Mr Anthony Eden Mr Anthony Eden , Warwick and Leamington

The British Council have established Institutes at Jaffa, Haifa, Nablus, Nazareth and Tel-Aviv. They are open to all, irrespective of creed. The Council also subsidise five British schools; they help to provide a British education for British children who cannot go to England; they subsidise a lecturer in English at the Hebrew University, and in addition distribute books, periodicals and films. The Answer to the second part of the Question is "Yes, Sir."

Photo of Sir Patrick Hannon Sir Patrick Hannon , Birmingham Moseley

Will my right hon. Friend see that this excellent record of the British Council in Palestine is expanded by every means in his power?

Photo of Mr Anthony Eden Mr Anthony Eden , Warwick and Leamington

We certainly will as far as we can.