Geneva (Jun. 7)
The future policy of Great Britain with regard to the development of the Jewish National Home in Palestine will be to a large extent be based on the report of Sir John Simpson’s inquiry into problems of land settlement, immigration and development, the Mandate Commission was informed yesterday by Dr. Drummond Shiels, under-secretary for the colonies. The Mandatory power will also conform to the terms of the Mandate, he said.
The Mandates Commission continued its examination yesterday into both the immediate and remote causes of last Summer’s riots. It dealt chieflly with the question of immigration and the distribution of land to the Jewish settlers. Dr. Shiels gave explanations on two of the problems dealt with in the report of the Palestine Inquiry Commission.
He explained the policy that has been followed since 1922 as having restricted immigration with the country’s economic capacity to absorb it. Replying to the Commission’s demand for an explanation as to the variations from year to year in the number of immigrants admitted, Dr. Shiels said that was due to temporary circumstances and the conditions of the country.