Mr George Hall: I wish the hon. Member would not try to be funny.
Mr George Hall: Perhaps not. The hon. Member might show a little bit of the breeding of the university. My hon. Friend also dealt with the question of the scheme. I would put it to him, as to everyone who has talked of the plan, that this is a provisional plan, both in regard to the suggested central legislature, and in regard to the Negeb. It is quite open for discussion between the two parties when they...
Mr George Hall: I have already pointed out that His Majesty's Government will have to consider the position. They just cannot tie themselves to the very huge cost which is incurred in putting a plan such as this into operation. I think that ought to be made clear.
Mr George Hall: It is a matter, of course, which His Majesty's Government will have to take into full consideration. The hon. Member for Cambridge University (Mr. Pickthorn) put a number of questions. I regret I was not here to hear his speech. He asked whether the Jewish Agency can go on, in view of its relation to the illegal army. It was made quite clear by the High Commission when the action was taken...
Mr George Hall: That has been very carefully considered and, as far as we are concerned, as far as I am concerned, it would not involve Dr. Weizmann.
Mr George Hall: He did not.
Mr George Hall: No, he did not; we have no knowledge that he accepted the telegrams. My hon. Friend the Member for Central Newcastle (Mr. Wilkes) asked what was the object of the present operations in Tel-Aviv, and the number of persons who have been detained. Up to 10 a.m. today, 664 suspects have been arrested, of whom some are already identified as dangerous terrorists. We had a very interesting speech...
Mr George Hall: Reference was made by the hon. and gallant Member for Lewes (Major Beamish) to the conditions under which the Palestine Police are working. He hoped that all the "plum jobs" would not go to the regular soldiers. The number of appointments to commissioned rank in the police and mobile forces from among officers serving in the Army is about 20. About 30 men serving in the Palestine Police have...
Mr George Hall: No, I cannot answer that.
Mr George Hall: There can be no doubt at all that the telegrams were sent, and the telegrams were received by certain persons. We cannot say who has received them. That is the difficulty.
Mr George Hall: It is not suggested here that the Jewish Agency has received them.
Mr George Hall: It has been made through the International Refugee Committee which has been set up and is examining the position at the present time, not only in respect of the United States and this country, but also in relation to the Dominions and other countries?
Mr George Hall: The Sub-Committee of the Kenya Labour Advisory Board, to which I referred in the answer which I gave to my hon. Friend on 14th May, has not yet reported, and I am not therefore in a position to add to that reply. I am in communication with the Governor about expediting the report.
Mr George Hall: No individual firm is represented on any West African Legislative Council but all four Legislatures include at least one member nominated by the Governor, usually on the advice of such bodies as any local chamber of commerce or mines, to represent commercial interests generally.
Mr George Hall: In order to give a complete reply to this Question I am asking the West African Governors for present figures and future estimates, and I will write to my hon. Friend when I have their replies.
Mr George Hall: Some progress has been made, but I would prefer to await the reply from the Governor before giving my hon. Friend any details.
Mr George Hall: I have no information about this matter, but I will make inquiries from the Governor and let the hon. and gallant Member know as soon as I get a reply.
Mr George Hall: I certainly will—
Mr George Hall: —but I have not heard any suggestion that that was the case. When I was in West Africa in January that subject came under discussion and I was assured that there was a surplus only of Army lorries.
Mr George Hall: I will have inquiries made.