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Arab Delegation

Volume 154: debated on Tuesday 23 May 1922

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he has had an opportunity of conferring with the Moslem-Christian Arab delegation at present visiting England; whether the delegation have fully represented to him their attitude towards the Government of Palestine; and whether in view of the importance of the questions at issue, he will make a statement to the House, or issue a Report, regarding his conference with this delegation?

The reply to the first and second parts of the question is in the affirmative. With regard to the third part of the question, I am not in a position at present to make any statement.

In view of the presence in this country of the High Commissioner and also of the envoy from the Vatican, will the right hon. Gentleman call these people together and try to come to a decision on the Palestine question?

I am not prepared to make any statement now. I have seen these gentlemen on several occasions, and have also consulted the High Commissioner. The main settlement of this matter must take place in Palestine on the spot.

Does it not do a great deal of harm to allow people to disseminate, rightly or wrongly, propaganda?

My hon. Friend is in a position to give rather than to receive information on that subject.