Mr. T. L. CHURCH (Broadview):
Has the government any statement to make as to the termination today of the British mandate in Palestine, which expires at six p.m., our daylight saving time? What protection will be afforded British nationals, and what action has the government taken about the Palestine situation since this matter was raised by me in February 1947 and last spring? I should like to have a reply.
Right Hon. L. S. ST. LAURENT (Secretary of State for External Affairs): With respect to the first of the hon. member's questions, I am sure that all hon. members and all citizens of free democracies in the world realize that the world is indebted to the government of the LTnited Kingdom for the burden it has carried for so many years in the administration of the Holy Land. All are equally concerned, and have been much concerned, as to the possibility and even probability of there
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being disorder in the Holy Land upon the retirement of the British forces. I think it would be only fair to say that the disorder, bad as it has been, has not been as terrible as some of us during the last few weeks had feared it might be; there have been repulsive outrages, but it would seem that they have been participated in by relatively small numbers, and that the vast majority of the people inhabiting the Holy Land have not been participants in what we have rightly regarded as terrible outrages. I hope that the counsels that have been given from the united nations and other sources to the respective contenders there, and which appear to have had some influence in pacifying the situation, will continue to have that effect, and that the genuine efforts that have been put forth to help will meet with a still greater degree of success.
As to what measures are being taken for the protection of British nationals, I am sure that the government of the United Kingdom has done all that could be done for their protection.
The hon. member also referred to some question which he had asked in the spring of 1947. I would have to look it up before I would venture to make any answer.
Subtopic: TERMINATION OF BRITISH MANDATE-PROTECTION OF BRITISH NATIONALS