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Macdonald Says No Action Can Be Taken on Palestine Until Simpson’s Report is Ready

Until the receipt of Sir John Simpson’s report the British government must refrain from acting on the Palestine problem as far as possible, declared Premier MacDonald today in the House of Commons, replying to questions from Michael Marcus and J. Brown as to whether the government proposed to grant a full day or other facilities for a Parliamentary debate on the Palestine Inquiry Commission’s report.

The Prime Minister said that the state of public business was such that it was difficult to find time for a debate of this kind but if it was desired he suggested that the most convenient arrangement would be to provide for the debate through the usual channels on one of the remaining supply days. Replying to Mr. Brown’s question, whether he did not consider the suspension of immigration an event important enough to find a day for debate, the Prime Minister said that that question has already been answered by the department concerned.