London (Nov. 15)
When the debate on Palestine opens in the House of Commons Monday afternoon, Col. Leopold Amery, former Colonial Secretary, and Major Walter Elliot, former undersecretary of state for Scotland, will speak for the Conservatives, and Lloyd George and Sir Herbert Samuel, former High Commissioner of Palestine, will speak for the Liberals, it was learned today.
While the spokesmen for the government are not yet known it is expected that R. Hopkin Morris, the Liberal member of the Shaw Commission, will take the floor in defense of the White Paper as will a number of other pro-Arab members. It is possible that Sir Harry Snell, Labor member of the
Shaw Commission who dissented from the majority findings of that body, will counteract Morris’ speech by a stand friendly to Zionism.
Commenting on the debate and on the invitation of the government to leaders of the Jewish Agency to confer on the Palestine policy, the Manchester Guardian today warns that the negotiations with the Agency officials must not be made an excuse for postponing again “that full examination which is at once the right and duty of the House of Commons.”
Welcoming the proposed conference between the government and the Jewish Agency, the Guardian says that the function of the negotiations is “to resolve doubts and to clear away misunderstandings, but unless the government’s explanation is in part at least an explaining away it is doubtful whether the Jewish leaders will be satisfied. Is the government prepared to admit that its White Paper was mistaken in content as well as in expression? It would have been better for all parties if Lord Passfield had granted Dr. Weizmann’s request to consult him before publication of the White Paper, for by this the unedifying spectacle of official vacillation might have been avoided.”