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Thomas Queried in Commons on Palestine Issues

Palestine immigration and the recently enacted ordinance limiting the number of physicians in the Holy Land were the subjects of lively discussion in the House of Commons today.

Colonial Secretary J. H. Thomas, replying to a query on immigration certificates by the veteran Laborite M.P., Tom Smith disclosed that the schedule for the first half of 1936 has not yet been determined, He said that this was due to the fact that the recommendations by the Jewish Agency for Palestine had been unavoidably delayed, not having been submitted until Dec. 6. The Agency’s request for allotment of certificates is now being considered by High Commissioner Sir Arthur Grenfell Wauchope, he declared.

In reply to a query by Col. Josiah Wedgwood, noted pro-Zionist Laborite M.P., Mr. Thomas explained that the doctors’ ordinance, which goes into effect the end of this year, was enacted as a result of the great influx of physicians in recent years. This influx, he said, resulted in overcrowding of the profession and gave rise to abuses seriously affecting the livelihood of established and reputable practitioners.

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