London (Dec. 6)
Lively Debate Follows Col. Bury’s Demand for Information (Jewish Telegraphic Agency)
The demand that the Dead Sea concession should not be granted without previous consultation with the House of Commons as to the terms was voiced in the House yesterday by Col. Bury.
Replying to Col. Bury, Major Orms by Gore declared that there is no question of giving away the concessions. Negotiations are proceeding on behalf of the Palestine and Transjordanian governments. To safeguard their interests it is impracticable to publish the terms of the concession before the signatures are affixed. “The concession is not mine to give,” the Under secretary for the colonies declared. “We must respect article 18 of the Mandate.”
The lively debate of the Dead Sea concession recalled the discussions in parliament preceding the granting of the electric concessions to Engineer Pinchas Rutenberg. Col. Bury said that the official negotiations were being conducted exclusively with the Jewish engineer, Novomejsky, while Tulloch was taking no part in them. Major Ormsby Gore denied this statement, declaring that the meetings of the Crown Agents acting for the Palestine government were attended by both Nov