London (Jul. 29)
The long-expected debate on the Palestine question in the House of Commons is unlikely to take place before the House of Commons recesses for the Summer, it is learned here today. This means that the debate will be impossible until the Fall.
The Palestine debate has not been placed on the agenda for the closing days of the session but Premier MacDonald recently suggested in replying to an inquiry from Leopold Amery that those who want the debate could utilize some of the supply days for the discussion, during which time any questions may be raised.
In the meantime it is understood that after consulting with Sir John Chancellor, High Commissioner of Palestine, the Colonial Office has recommended to the Conservative leaders, who have been foremost in demanding a day for the Parliamentary debate, not to provoke a debate until Sir John Simpson has made his report.
Sir John is not due in London for some time yet. He is now staying in Athens where he is said to be preparing the draft of his report based on his three months of investigating problems of land settlement, immigration and development in Palestine. It is also learned from an official source that the members of the Wailing Wall Commission are expected in London August 1.