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Privileged Document (Captain R A Farran)

Volume 446: debated on Wednesday 28 January 1948

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that the Palestine Government has refused to deliver up possession of certain copies of a document exhibited at the summary of evidence taken against Captain R. A. Farran on a charge of murder on which he was acquitted, and which the court which tried him ruled was a privileged document; and what action he proposes to take in the matter.

Yes, Sir. I am in communication with the Government of Palestine on this subject.

Is the Minister aware that considerable delay has already occurred in this matter, and will be undertake to ensure that the Palestine Government act in the same way as all other Ministries concerned and see that they destroy this document immediately which is ruled as privileged?

I think the hon. and gallant Gentleman will appreciate that this is a matter of considerable legal complexity, and we will speed it up as soon as we can.