867N.00/478: Telegram

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

426. Department’s 256, June 23, 5 p.m. Colonial Secretary was asked in the House of Commons yesterday “whether it is proposed to consult the Government of the United States of America with regard to the future policy to be pursued in Palestine, in view of the treaty of 3rd December 1924, between Great Britain and the United States by which the latter became a party to the agreement to establish Palestine as the Jewish Homeland, and which included a provision in the first article that any modification in the mandate must be assented to by the United States?”

The Colonial Secretary replied “In considering the future policy to be pursued in Palestine, His Majesty’s Government will of course [Page 889] keep prominently in mind any rights of the Government of the United States of America under the instrument to which the honorable member refers”.

To the further question “Have any representations been received from the Government of the United States of America up to date?” the Colonial Secretary replied “No sir”.

Asked when it is proposed to publish the report of the Royal Commission and to make a declaration of the Government’s policy in connection therewith, the Colonial Secretary replied “It is proposed to release the report in time for its publication with a Command Paper containing a short statement of the policy of His Majesty’s Government on the morning of 8th July and copies of the report and a summary will be available for honorable members in the vote office some time on Wednesday evening”.

Bingham