Palestine Immigration Policy to Be Revised

The Palestine immigration policy of the British Government will be reviewed further in light of the acute shortage of agricultural labor there, it was announced today in Commons by Geoffrey Shakespeare, Undersecretary for Dominions, speaking on behalf of Lord Moyne the Colonial Secretary. Mr. Shakespeare disclosed that the question will be reviewed when the immigration quota for the next six months comes up for consideration.

During the debate on Palestine immigration David Adams, Laborite, stressed the continued shortage of agricultural labor as a result of the virtual suspension of labor immigration last year. He asked whether the Government intended to meet the demand for at least 5,200 additional workers to satisfy immediate agricultural needs.

Shakespeare replied that he understood that recently there was a marked increase in rural employment in Palestine, and in recognition of that fact the High Commissioner had announced that 750 certificates would be distributed from July 1 to September 30, with the preference going to agricultural laborers.

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