Jerusalem (Feb. 1)
Mr. Lewis French, the Director of Palestine Development, has submitted his Preliminary Report and expects to complete during March his detailed report, dealing with the immediate problems of development, says an official announcement issued here to-day.
Both reports, the announcement proceeds, will be forwarded to the Executive of the Jewish Agency and the Palestine Arab Executive for their observations, before the questions are submitted to His Majesty’s Government for decision.
Mr. Skevington, the Financial Adviser to the Director of Development, is arriving in Palestine in a fortnight, the anneuncement adds.
The above information, it concludes, the High Commissioner recently communicated to the Executive of the Jewish Agency and to the Palestine Arab Executive.
The announcement tallies with the authorised statement made by the Colonial Office to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency about a fortnight ago (given in the J.T.A. Bulletin of the 22nd. inst.) explaining that Mr. French’s first report is preliminary and of general character, and that there will shortly be a second report in which specific proposals will be made. When the second report is available, the statement went on, both reports will be communicated by the High Commissioner to the Jewish Agency and the Arab Executive in Palestine for their observations in accordance with the procedure laid down in the Government despatch regarding the Development Scheme. His Majesty’s Government, it added, will not take any decision until both reports, with those observations and the High Commissioner’s recommendations, have been received here (by His Majesty’s Government) and have been fully considered.