867N.00/463: Telegram

The Ambassador in the United Kingdom (Bingham) to the Secretary of State

320. Department’s 171, May 12, 5 p.m. From Alling. Acting Head of Eastern Department of Foreign Office told me today that Inquiry Commission’s report was now being put in final form but would probably not be completed before the middle of June. Thereafter the Government will presumably have to decide whether to accept the report or to reject it in whole or in part. The Government will also have to determine whether to announce its policy with respect to Palestine at the same time the Commission’s report is published or to decide upon new policy after there has been time to estimate reaction to the report. It was understood that the Parliamentary opposition was pressing for the latter alternative but that for obvious reasons the former course would probably be followed. In any case it is expected that the report will not be made public before the first part of July. Except in the unlikely event that the report is rejected by the Government, it must of course be published prior to meeting of Mandates Commission about July 26 since there is no disposition to ask for another postponement of that meeting. [Alling.]