London (Dec. 11)
The Palestine Government is placing no obstacles in the path of Jews desiring to leave Palestine, Colonial Secretary Arthur Creech-Jones announced in Commons today.
He said that exit visas are no longer required by prospective emigrants and added that he could not estimate the number of Jews who desired to leave the country. Replying to a question from Tufton Beamish, Conservative, who asserted that the number of ration cards distributed in Palestine indicate that the Jewish population of Palestine is considerably larger than 580,000 as announced by the government a year ago, Creech-Jones declared that there was no evidence to support such a statement.
In response to another question, he said that the Palestine Potash Company would be compelled to halt production if the rail transportation situation was not improved. He estimated that damage to the rail system caused by extremist attacks amounted to $1,300,000 and that the system was losing $12,000 daily in revenue. He said that transportation of the citrus crop was unaffected because it was moved chiefly by motor vehicles.