Development and Welfare.

Oral Answers to Questions — West Indies. – in the House of Commons on 24th June 1942.

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Photo of Mr Ivor Thomas Mr Ivor Thomas , Keighley

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies, what opportunities the local legislative councils and local organisations in the West Indies are given to keep informed of, and to express their opinion on, the development schemes proposed under the Colonial Development and Welfare Act.

Photo of Mr Harold Macmillan Mr Harold Macmillan , Stockton-on-Tees

Schemes pro-posed under the Colonial Development and Welfare Act are drawn up on the advice of the Comptroller and his expert advisers, who will have consulted the Colonial Governments and local interests. The financial aspects of the schemes, when approved, come before the Legislative Councils of the Colonies concerned in connexion with the annual estimates.

Photo of Mr Ivor Thomas Mr Ivor Thomas , Keighley

Is my right hon. Friend aware that there is considerable dissatisfaction in the West Indies, and will he endeavour to see that the intentions of the Government are more generously fulfilled?

Photo of Mr Harold Macmillan Mr Harold Macmillan , Stockton-on-Tees

As a matter of procedure, I think my hon. Friend is under a misapprehension. The procedure is very much the same as ours; the annual Estimates are the occasion when the Legislative Council naturally discuss these matters.