§ Mr. RANKIN
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the provision that tourists in Palestine must deposit a sum of money against their ultimate departure from that colony is to apply to all classes of tourists; and whether he will make a statement as to the position in order that the tourist traffic to Palestine in the early part of the year shall not suffer?
Mr. M. MacDONALD
I have been asked to reply. This provision is intended to apply only to visitors to Palestine, travelling other than by first class, from Poland, Germany, Rumania, Bulgaria, and other countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. My right hon. Friend has no reason to doubt that the High Commissioner for Palestine appreciates the importance of the tourist traffic, and he is not prepared to question his view as to the necessity for this action, which is designed to put a check on illicit immigration.