Oral Answers to Questions — Jerusalem (Holy Places)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 29th June 1949.

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Photo of Mr Peter Freeman Mr Peter Freeman , Newport (Monmouthshire/Gwent) 12:00 am, 29th June 1949

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will now make a statement on the proposals of the United Nations Conciliation Committee for securing international control under the auspices of the United Nations of Holy Places such as Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Nazareth in the State of Israel.

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

The Conciliation Commission is charged with the task of submitting to the Fourth Regular Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations detailed proposals for the internationalisation of the Jerusalem area and the protection of the Holy Places. The Commission have not yet published their proposals, and it would be premature at this stage to make any statement.

Photo of Mr Peter Freeman Mr Peter Freeman , Newport (Monmouthshire/Gwent)

Will my right hon. Friend say whether they will have power to deal with areas outside Jerusalem such as Bethlehem and Nazareth, and can he give any indication as to when the report is likely to be available?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

I cannot tell when the report will be available, but the decision of the United Nations was that the whole area should be internationalised. That is the directive which the Commission has been told to work out with the parties.