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Government Office, Jerusalem (Employment)

Volume 390: debated on Wednesday 30 June 1943

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that the chief clerk of the Jerusalem Custodian of Enemy Property is insisting on certificates of exemption from military service in the British Army from all applicants for employment in that Department, notwithstanding that they may not be British subjects; as this requirement is contrary to a local Defence Regulation and to Article 16 of the Mandate, under what law the custodian is purporting to act; and whether he will direct the High Commissioner to withdraw such instructions as may have been given to the custodian?

No, Sir, but I am asking the High Commissioner for a report on the situation and will communicate further with the hon. Member when I have received his reply.