Police and Prison Service

Oral Answers to Questions — Palestine – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 16th June 1948.

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Photo of Sir Arthur Harvey Sir Arthur Harvey , Macclesfield 12:00 am, 16th June 1948

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he is aware that British-born members of the Palestine Police and Prison Service, whose engagements have been terminated at short notice, were unable to draw their outstanding salaries, and many of them are now in Cyprus entirely without funds, being dependent on the generosity of Cypriots for the bare necessities of living; and what steps does he propose taking to assist such people.

Photo of Mr Arthur Jones Mr Arthur Jones , Shipley

No, but if the hon. and gallant Member will furnish me with details I will make immediate inquiries.

Photo of Sir Arthur Harvey Sir Arthur Harvey , Macclesfield

Does the right hon. Gentleman's answer mean that he has had no complaints at all at the Colonial Office? Why is it that letters which have been addressed by these men to the Crown Agents have not been replied to? If there is any doubt, will the right hon. Gentleman see that the Cyprus Government take care of this matter?

Photo of Mr Arthur Jones Mr Arthur Jones , Shipley

I will certainly look into the matter, but I have no information.

Photo of Mr Tom Driberg Mr Tom Driberg , Maldon

Could my right hon. Friend perhaps assist some of these men to find employment with the Arab broadcasting station which he is allowing to operate in Cyprus?

Photo of Mr Tufton Beamish Mr Tufton Beamish , Lewes

What consideration is being given to the employment of these men in Malaya, where they are badly needed?

Photo of Mr Arthur Jones Mr Arthur Jones , Shipley

I can only say that the police problem in Malaya is being looked at most carefully and that the position of these men is not out of our minds.