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Jewish Refugees

Volume 387: debated on Thursday 18 March 1943

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he has any further statement to make as to the promised transport of 4,000 children and 500 accompanying adults from Bulgaria to Palestine; whether they are now on the way; and whether any of them have arrived?

I am not yet in a position to add anything to the answer which I gave to a similar Question by the hon. Member for North Cumberland (Mr. W. Roberts) on 24th February. As I anticipated in my statement on 3rd February, when announcing the proposals to admit to Palestine from enemy territories Jewish children with accompanying adults, the practical difficulties involved in connection with the provision of transport are considerable. But every effort is being made to overcome them.