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Bevin Made No Advance Promises on Palestine to Inquiry Committee, British Official Says

British Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin never promised the members of the Anglo-American inquiry committee that the British Government would accept their recommendations and make them effective soon in the event that they were adopted unanimously, a spokesman here of the British Foreign Office today told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

The British Government, he said, could not possibly commit itself in advance on a document it had not seen. He pointed out that the statement made in the United States by Bartley Crum, a member of the inquiry committee, in which he alleged that Bevin gave definite assurances that the recommendations of the committee would be carried out if they were unanimous, “may have been based on a chance remark exaggerated to the point of being an official statement.”

The British Government, the official continued, has explained and will continue to explain its position on Palestine, but there has been no advance commitment on the part of Mr. Bevin.