§ 62. Mr. Edmund Harvey
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether, especially having regard to the effect on their health of the climate and incidence of malaria in their present position, the Jewish refugees now interned in Mauritius can be removed to Palestine, or, failing that, to more salubrious place than Mauritius.
§ Colonel Stanley
I regret that in present circumstances it is not possible to remove these refugees from Mauritius. I am satisfied that the Government of Mauritius is doing everything possible for their comfort and welfare and that the anti-malarial measures taken since their arrival have steadily reduced the incidence of the disease. Generally their health is good.
§ Mr. Harvey
Will the Minister bear in mind that these are all people who have escaped from murder in most terrible circumstances, and that they have special claims for consideration as soon as shipping facilities permit?
§ Mr. Hammersley
My right hon. and gallant Friend said that these people were there in safety. Is it not a fact that they have been virtually interned for four years, without being charged with any offence of any character? Ought we not to do our utmost to see that these people are sent to a more suitable place?