Canlyniadau 181–200 o 1039 ar gyfer speaker:Mr Malcolm Macdonald

Orders of the Day — Palestine. ( 6 Maw 1940)

Mr Malcolm Macdonald: We announced recently a policy of expending £5,500,000 per year on development and welfare in the Colonial Empire, and said that the benefits of that policy would be extended fully to the Mandated Territories, including Palestine. It is certainly our intention, if money out of those funds, which I hope the right hon. and gallant Gentleman will help us to vote—

Orders of the Day — Palestine. ( 6 Maw 1940)

Mr Malcolm Macdonald: I say that it is the policy of the Government to spend money, as far as that may be desirable, in order to improve methods of cultivation in Palestine. These Land Regulations do not draw boundaries between prohibited and restricted and free areas which will stand for all time. It is possible that, as a result of agricultural development, we can alter the boundaries later on; though I want to...

Orders of the Day — Palestine. ( 6 Maw 1940)

Mr Malcolm Macdonald: If the hon. Member will be patient, I will deal before I sit down with that and with other points which he has raised. I should like to turn, first, to another point which he and the right hon. Baronet raised in their speeches. It has been raised on other occasions, in this House and in the newspapers, since we announced this policy last week. It is asked: Is it really necessary to introduce...

Orders of the Day — Palestine. ( 6 Maw 1940)

Mr Malcolm Macdonald: Let me deal with that. It is very difficult sometimes for Arab owners, large or small, to resist the temptations to sell their land. One of the troubles of the present moment is that the economic conditions in Palestine, as in many other parts of the world, are rather difficult, and it is very tempting to Arab landowners to accept the offers of ready cash, very often at exhorbitant prices, by...

Orders of the Day — Palestine. ( 6 Maw 1940)

Mr Malcolm Macdonald: The hon. Member for Derby disputed whether that was happening. He said that when an inquiry was held some years ago into the number of Arab tenants who had been displaced by Jewish purchasers of land only some 680 such tenants were found. That is absolutely true. It is a very small figure. He also said that since then we have introduced legislation to protect the tenants, and that is also...

Orders of the Day — Palestine. ( 6 Maw 1940)

Mr Malcolm Macdonald: But what is much more important, if we are considering the question of landless Arabs, is that a very large number of Arabs employed on the land are employed as hired labourers. They are not owners, they are not tenants; they are hired labourers. The Royal Commission pointed out that the landless tenants are only a fraction of the number of landless Arabs in Palestine divorced from the land...

Orders of the Day — Palestine. ( 6 Maw 1940)

Mr Malcolm Macdonald: We have not any statistics. The last information we have on this subject is what the Royal Commission said about it, and they said that the number of tenants, which is what the hon. Member and those who agree with him concentrate upon, was only a small proportion of the landless Arabs in Palestine. Even if Palestine were a normal country, where there is no bitter communal strife, the...

Orders of the Day — Palestine. ( 6 Maw 1940)

Mr Malcolm Macdonald: I can answer that question in two or three sentences. When we received the report of the Mandates Commission it contained certain arguments and omitted certain relevant facts, such as the one I have stated in regard to Article 6. We felt that it was important they should receive our comments on the report before the report was published, in case they wished to alter the terms of the report in...

Orders of the Day — Palestine. ( 6 Maw 1940)

Mr Malcolm Macdonald: I think it is a very weak case which has to rely on that kind of argument.

Orders of the Day — Palestine. ( 6 Maw 1940)

Mr Malcolm Macdonald: Let me return to the point. There were certain things in the draft report of the Permanent Mandates Commission which we thought members of the Commission might wish to alter when they received our comments on the draft. Let me mention a particular point on which I think we were perfectly justified in assuming that members of the Permanent Mandates Commission might wish to make an alteration....

Orders of the Day — Palestine. ( 6 Maw 1940)

Mr Malcolm Macdonald: I think I have explained why His Majesty's Government took the course they did. Of course, it is quite open to the right hon. Gentleman and his friends to say that we were wrong, but, quite honourably and from motives which we believed to be right and proper, we took the decision we did. Let me deal with the point raised by the right hon. Gentleman the Leader of the Liberal Opposition, that...

Orders of the Day — Palestine. ( 6 Maw 1940)

Mr Malcolm Macdonald: Not since the publication of these Regulations. But suppose it had met after these Regulations were published, some member of the Council might have taken the view that they were contrary to the Mandate and there would have been a disagreement between His Majesty's Government and that member on the point. In that case we should have had to enter into negotiations with that member to see...

Orders of the Day — Palestine. ( 6 Maw 1940)

Mr Malcolm Macdonald: If the right hon. Gentleman is now proposing that, I am not certain what is the practical difference between himself and me.

Orders of the Day — Palestine. ( 6 Maw 1940)

Mr Malcolm Macdonald: If I may say so, the right hon. Gentleman does not know his Palestine if he supposes that it would have been as simple as that. If we had put a provision like that in the Regulations, saying that we would not recognise any sales which had been completed after the date of publication and before the League Council had pronounced a decision, it would not have stopped negotiations going on in...

Orders of the Day — Palestine. ( 6 Maw 1940)

Mr Malcolm Macdonald: The answer to that is in the negative. The question of Palestine was on the agenda at the December meeting and the Council themselves took it off the agenda.

Orders of the Day — Palestine. ( 6 Maw 1940)

Mr Malcolm Macdonald: There is discretion to allow purchases.

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy.: Nigeria (Lagos: Health Services). (28 Chw 1940)

Mr Malcolm Macdonald: Slum clearance in Lagos is being carried out by the Lagos Development Board established in 1929, when a sum of £200,000 was placed at its disposal. By the end of 1938 one-third of the slum areas had been dealt with, and in that year a further grant of £50,000 spread over four years was approved to enable the work to be continued. I am asking the Governor of Nigeria to consider what steps...

Orders of the Day — Civil Estimates, Supplementary Estimates, 1939.: Colonial and Middle Eastern Services. (22 Chw 1940)

Mr Malcolm Macdonald: The hon. Member for Shipley (Mr. Creech Jones) started off by welcoming the policy of assisting colonial territories, when they have faced deficits in their budgets, by a. system of grants in aid, but urged that we should pursue a policy of wide development of the economic resources of those countries so that eventually they can stand, economically, on their own feet and not be obliged to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Air Force.: Gold Coast (Liquor Imports). (21 Chw 1940)

Mr Malcolm Macdonald: As the answer is rather long, I will, with the hon. Member's permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Air Force.: Gold Coast (Liquor Imports). (21 Chw 1940)

Mr Malcolm Macdonald: Definite reasons are given in my lengthy answer, and perhaps the hon. Member will read it and then decide whether it is necessary to put another Question.


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