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Wailing Wall, Jerusalem

Volume 235: debated on Wednesday 26 February 1930

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52.

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is in a position to make any statement regarding the committee recently appointed by the Mandates Com-mission of the League of Nations to inquire into matters affecting the Wailing Wall?

In accordance with the resolution adopted by the Council of the League of Nations in January, the members of the Commission in question will be appointed by His Majesty s Government with the approval of the Council. The constitution of the Commission is now under consideration.

I presume so, but the Terms of Reference have not been decided upon. They will be laid down along with the other conditions when the constitution of the Commission is decided.

Is not the Government proposing to lay down in the Terms of Reference requirements as to the taking of evidence?

His Majesty's Government will submit to the Council of the League the names proposed, and also the proposed Terms of Reference.

Will it be made clear, in drawing up the Terms of Reference, that the conditions of the Proclamation made in Palestine in regard to the status quo in connection with this matter, will be maintained?