Oral Answers to Questions — Palestine (British Subjects, Compensation)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 26th October 1949.

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Photo of Sir Ian Fraser Sir Ian Fraser , Lonsdale 12:00 am, 26th October 1949

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies approximately how many British subjects were obliged to evacuate from Palestine during the disturbed period preceding the British withdrawal; and if he will make a statement as to compensation to these persons for their personal losses.

Mr. Creech Jones:

Approximately 1,600 British subjects left Palestine at the time in question, but about half of them elected to remain in neighbouring countries. On the subject of compensation I have nothing to add to the reply given to the hon. Member on 5th May, 1948.

Photo of Sir Ian Fraser Sir Ian Fraser , Lonsdale

is it not a fact that His Majesty's Government are hoping that the Palestine Government will agree to pay compensation; and if the Palestine Government do not pay it will His Majesty's Government consider paying it themselves?

Mr. Creech Jones:

I cannot give that pledge. There are no Palestine balances, of course; but in any case discussions are going on in Tel Aviv with the Palestine authorities in regard to liabilities.