London (Feb. 12)
There has been no change of policy, the Prime Minister, Mr. Ramsay MacDonald, declared in the House of Commons this afternoon with regard to the new Government letter to Dr. Weizmann, which is to be published, embodying the result of the exchange of opinions between the Cabinet Committee and the Jewish Agency leaders and constituting the official interpretation of the Palestine White Paper issued last October.
As was stated during the debate which followed the issuing of the White Paper, there is a great deal of misunderstanding, the Prime Minister explained in answer to a question by Colonel Howard-Bury, who wanted to know how, seeing that Dr. Weizmann is completely satisfied, Mr. MacDonald could say that there has not been a complete change of policy in relation to the White Paper, and the effect of the letter, Mr. MacDonald went on, is to remove that misunderstanding. But there has been no change of policy, he repeated.
In the body of the letter it will be made clear, the Prime Minister made it plain, however, in replying to Mr. Hopkin, who had raised the question by asking whether the Prime Minister would state the position, that it is to be read as the authoritative interpretation of the White Paper on the matters with which the Government deals. There will be no doubt as to the official character of the letter. It will be communicated to the League of Nations and embodied in the dispatch as an instruction to the High Commissioner.