Tel Aviv (Aug. 14)
Sir Arthur Grenfell Wauchope, the High Commissioner, visited here today. The acute hospital shortage and several other pressing municipal problems were brought to his attention.
Acting Mayor Rokach pointed out the serious scarcity of hospital beds in Tel Aviv and environs and requested that the government share in the cost of a new city hospital to contain 500 beds.
Rokach also said government lands in and near the city were needed for the settlement of individuals of modest means, as well as financial assistance in the building of homes.
KNOWS HOUSING IMPORTANCE
Sir Arthur replied that he recognized the importance of the question of housing, which is receiving his attention, and he hoped It would be solved satisfactorily.
As to the hospital problem, the High Commissioner declared an increase in the number of beds in the Municipal Hospital to 200 by the opening of a newly built third floor would mitigate the difficulties.
Another request directed to Sir Arthur was that the government hasten its approval of the budget for Jewish education, including a special grant for education in Tel Aviv. Public buildings, such as a magistrate’s courthouse and a post office, are also needed, he was told.
His Excellency visited the Hadar paper box factory, the Mumhe bus body works and the chemical laboratory of the Architects and Engineers Association. At the Hadar factory he inquired particularly about the workers’ living quarters, visiting the barrack of one of the girl employees and interesting himself in all the details of its arrangement and sanitary equipment.
Before coming here, Sir Arthur visited Jaffa, where he was received by K. W. Stead, director of customs and trade; Mayor Asem Said and District Officer Azmi Nashashibi.