Oral Answers to Questions — Seychelles Islands.

– in the House of Commons at on 29 July 1931.

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Photo of Mr John McShane Mr John McShane , Walsall

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asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies the nature of the assistance applied for recently by the residents of the Seychelles Islands; whether the report of the commissioner who was sent to that colony to investigate has now been received; and when it will be available?

Photo of Dr Thomas Shiels Dr Thomas Shiels , Edinburgh East

The Seychelles Planters' Association recently submitted to the Governor certain proposals for relieving their financial difficulties. As to the report of the commissioner who was sent to the colony, I assume that my hon. Friend has in mind the recent visit of Mr. F. A. Stockdale, Agricultural Advisor to the Secretary of State which preceded the communication from the Planters' Association. His report, which related almost entirely to agricultural conditions, has been received, and pending its consideration no decision as to publication has been reached.

Photo of Mr John McShane Mr John McShane , Walsall

Has any reply been given to the request of the residents for financial assistance?

Photo of Dr Thomas Shiels Dr Thomas Shiels , Edinburgh East

It has not been found possible to agree with some of the proposals, and others are still under consideration.

Photo of Sir Patrick Hannon Sir Patrick Hannon , Birmingham Moseley

Will the hon. Gentleman publish the report?

Photo of Dr Thomas Shiels Dr Thomas Shiels , Edinburgh East

Such a report is not normally published, but, if hon. Members desire it, a copy will be placed in the Library.