25 NOVEMBER 1938, Page 3

The Week in Parliament Our Parliamentary Correspondent writes : The

House of Commons was seen at its best on Monday evening in a dignified and impressive debate on racial persecution in Europe and the plight of the refugees. Mr. Noel Baker, who moved the Labour Party's motion, speaks with authority on these subjects by reason of his former service under Dr. Nansen. There was no dissent from his closing words in which he declared that Dr. Goebbels' campaign against the Jews would go down in history with St. Bartholomew's Eve as a lasting memory of human shame. " Let there go with it another memory, the memory of what the other nations did to wipe the shame away." Other speakers followed this lead and engaged in a practical discussion of the contribution which the British Empire could make. Sir Samuel Hoare's reply was listened to with general approval. Although he was under the necessity of showing the practical difficulties in the way of some of the projects suggested, no one could have doubted for a moment his genuine sympathy with the terms of the motion. Almost the whole House welcomed his decision to admit immediately a very large number of Jewish children. The horror of their present situation is indicated by the fact, which she „Home Secretary went on to state, that the parents concerned are almost unanimously in favour of parting with their children and taking the risks of sending them to a foreign country. * * * *