(1) High Commissioner, assisted by an Executive Council, which is a cabinet of higher officials. The Chief Secretary, Attorney-General and Financial Secretary are ex-officio members of the Executive Council.
(2) Advisory Council, which is consulted by the High Commissioner before the promulgation of any Ordinance. Its members are the members of the Executive Council, the heads of major government departments and the district Commissioners.
(3) Chief Secretary, principal executive officer of the Government, assisted by a Secretariat, including the Central Translation Bureau (Arabic and Hebrew Translators).
(4) Attorney General, who is the Chief Legal Adviser. His office inter alia, drafts all legislation, except the by-laws of local authorities.
(5) Financial Secretary, Chief Advisor on financial and economic matters; primarily responsible for the reparation of the annual budget. His office forms part of the Secretariat organization.
(6) Judiciary, headed by the Chief Justice, assisted by four Puisne Judges (2 British, 2 Palestinian). For the present organization on the judiciary in Palestine (Supreme Court, district court, magistrates’ courts, land courts, etc., see Survey of Palestine, Vol. I, page III, paragraph 10).
(7) Accountant-General, charged with the oversight of revenue expenditure. As Currency Officer, he represents the Currency Board in London, which watches over the interests of Palestine as far as currency is concerned.
(8) Administer-General. He and the Accountant-General are the Commissioners for the Stamp-Duty. He also performs the functions enumerated in the Survey of Palestine. (Vol. I, page 113, paragraph 15).
(9) Director of Agriculture and Fisheries.
(10) Antiquities Department.
(11) Audit Department, an overseas department of the Colonial Audit Department, London.
(12) Director of Broadcasting.
(13) Director of Civil Aviation (including meteorological service)
(14) Registrar of Cooperative Societies.
(15) Director of Customs, Excise and Trade.
(16) Director of Education.
(17) Department of Forests.
(18) Department of Health.
(19) Commissioner of Income Tax.
(20) Labour Department.
(21) Director of Land Registration.
(22) Department of Land Settlement, (including the staff of the Water Commissioner).
(23) Migration Department.
(24) Palestine Police Force, under the command of the Inspector-General and officered in June 1947 by 479 British and Palestinian officers. The other ranks comprised at that date 5,271 British district police and 3,218 Palestinian district police; 1,929 Jewish Settlement Police, formed primarily for the protection of Jewish rural colonies; 5,053 Palestinian temporary additional police (general) employed on guard duties; 1,240 temporary additional police (railways and ports) 13,481 Jewish social constables in Jewish settlements and 1,516 Jewish or Arab special constables in urban areas. (The possibility of making the Palestine police force more able than it now is to cone with the situation created by the progressive withdrawal of British forces will be one of the questions which the Commission will have to discuss. It may have to request the Mandatory Power to strengthen that force and to distribute it in Palestine in the various areas according to existing needs).
(25) Department of Posts and Telegraphs.
(26) Printing and Stationery.
(27) Prisons Department.
(28) Public information Office.
(29) Public Works Department.
(30) General Manager of Railways and Harbours.
(31) Director General of Social Welfare.
(32) Government Statistician.
(33) Surveys Department.
(34) Town-Planning Department.
(35) Trans-Jordan Frontier Force, maintained in part out of Palestine budget. Its duties have been partially in Palestine and partially in Transjordan. The question of the advisability of the use of this force in the proposed Arab State will have to be discussed with the Mandatory Power. It is clear that it could not be used for the policing of the proposed Jewish State).
(36) Department of Veterinary services (These services formed part of the Department of Agriculture up to April 1947).
B) Local Government
Palestine is divided into six administrative districts under the control of a District Commissioner, who reports to a Chief Secretary. Each Commissioner is assisted by a District Commissioner and one or more Assistant District Commissioners. All are British. There are also Palestine District Officers in of administrative sub-divisions of district activity. 32 Arabs and 11 Jews serve as district officers. It is questionable whether their present connection whether their present connection with the Mandate Administration will help all these officers to use their experience of local government under the Provisional Councils of Government which will be set up. The Commission might, however, find employment for some of them, in view of their knowledge of local conditions and administrative practice.