Oral Answers to Questions — West Indies (Development and Welfare).

– in the House of Commons on 2nd April 1941.

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Mr. Creech Jones:

asked the Under secretary of State for the Colonies what schemes under the Colonial Development and Welfare Act are covered by the proposed expenditure of £400,000 in the current year in the West Indies?

Photo of Mr George Hall Mr George Hall , Merthyr Tydfil Aberdare

The amount referred to is provided for the Colonial Empire generally. It is available to meet the cost during 1941 of a certain number of schemes which were approved last year and of others which may be approved in the current year. A list of the schemes which have already been approved in respect of the West Indies will be circulated in the OFFICIAL REPORT. Other schemes in addition to those mentioned in the list are still under consideration.

Mr. Creech Jones:

Will my hon. Friend say whether only £400,000 is allocated for the whole Colonial Empire, and is the sum available for the West Indies less than £400,000?

Following is the list:

Leeward Islands:£
AntiguaRoad Construction and Development 7,293
AntiguaDevelopment of Fishing Industry430
Virgin Islands Tick Eradication Campaign2,153
Jamaica Expedition to Indo-China to investigate Banana Diseases1,000
Trinidad Witchbroom Disease Investigation 619
West Indies generally. Grant to Comptroller of Development and Welfare to pro-vide minor amenities5,000