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Will Terms of Palestine White Paper Be Whittled Down?: Can’t Be Expected to Answer That Question Dr.

Colonel Howard-Bury asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies, in the House of Commons to-day whether he could give any information with regard to the negotiations that were going on between the Colonial Office and the Jewish organisations of Palestine, and who were the representatives on both sides.

There had been recent discussions with representatives of Jewish organisations on the subject of proposed developments in Palestine, Dr. Drummond Shiels, the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies, replied. He did not think he could usefully give any further particulars at this stage, he said.

Can Dr. Shiels at least give us this assurance, that the terms of the White Paper are not to be further whittled down? Colonel Howard-Bury enquired.

I don’t think Colonel Howard-Bury will expect me to answer that question, Dr. Shiels returned.