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From the Parliamentary archives: the Palestinian false leg

Hansard for 9 February 1983 brings us this little gem of a Parliamentary exchange:

Mr. Graham asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs why a payment of £341 was made by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to Palestine for 1981–82, as listed in the Appropriation Accounts for that year.

Mr. Hurd: When the mandate for Palestine terminated in 1948 certain liabilities of the former Palestine Government remained outstanding to be met by Her Majesty’s Government.

The payment of £341 listed under subhead “B4: Palestine” in the 1981–82 Appropriation Accounts was for a new artificial leg for Mr. M. A. Issa, who used to work for the former Palestine Government.

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