Predict Half Million Pound Cut in Palestine Budget

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The British expenditures in Palestine are being reduced and a cut of a half million pounds is expected in the budget for 1924-25, the Duke of Devonshire reported to the Imperial Conference today.

The report also reaffirms that the British policy in Palestine is based on the Balfour Declaration “without prejudice for the rights of the remainder of the population” and declares that Britain will adhere to its present policy whatever the opposition may do, “although it would be glad if the opposition ended”.

The budget for 1923-24 is estimated at a million and a half pounds while for 1924-25 it is expected not to exceed a million pounds. Beyond 1925 the report says, Britain has no definite financial obligations in Palestine.

The economic situation has greatly improved, the report declares adding that it regrets to say that the same cannot be said about the political situation. Although Sir Herbert Samuel has been thoroughly impartial, the Arab opposition continues, it declares. The report instances in this connection the non-participation of Arabs in the Palestine elections.

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