Inquiry Commission Report Delayed by Lord Passfield’s Suggestion of Changes

The delay in the presentation of the report of the Palestine Inquiry Commission is understood to be due to the fact that Lord Passfield, Colonial Minister, has declined to accept it in its present form and has returned to the Commission suggesting a number of modifications and ruling out some of the Commission’s recommendations which belong to the field of major policy. Informed circles here believe that a month or more may pass before the long-awaited report is published.

In the House of Commons, Dr. Drummond Shiels, under-secretary for the Colonies, was unable to say when the report would be published. He declared that it had not yet been presented but that when it was in the government’s hand the government would consider the procedure most appropriate in the matter.

Some discussion developed when Lord Winterton asked why the government made no statement on the Palestine situation when the League of Nations was anxious to know the government’s view. Wardlaw Milne suggested that it was unnecessary for the government to wait for the report before making a statement because it was desirable that the government immediately consider the appointment of a much larger commission to go into the whole Palestine question.

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