Welfare Schemes.

Oral Answers to Questions — West Indies. – in the House of Commons on 29th July 1942.

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Photo of Mr Benjamin Riley Mr Benjamin Riley , Dewsbury

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is now in a position to issue a statement giving the number, nature and location of the welfare schemes commenced in the West Indies in connection with the Colonial Welfare and Development Act and set up under the direction of Sir Frank Stockdale's Commission?

Mr. Macmillan:

As the reply includes a large number of figures, I will, with my hon. Friend's permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Photo of Mr Benjamin Riley Mr Benjamin Riley , Dewsbury

Does the reply mean that we are now to have a list of the schemes which are actually in operation?

Mr. Macmillan:

Yes, Sir. I am circulating in the OFFICIAL REPORT a full answer to the hon. Member's Question.

Following is the answer:

The location and number of schemes made up to 30th June; 1942, under the Colonial Development and Welfare Act in the West Indies are as follow:

British Guiana12
British Honduras2
Leeward Islands (Federal)2
St. Kitts5
St. Lucia7
St. Vincent6
Virgin Islands1
West Indies—General7

The above schemes fell into the following categories:

No. of Schemes.
Land Settlement (Reclamation)1
Industrial Development (Public Utilities)1
Medical, Public Health and Sanitary26
Other Social Services (Welfare, Probation, etc.)3
Telegrams, Telephones and Wireless (Broadcasting)4
Water Supplies and Irrigation6

In addition to the above schemes, the Comptroller has made a number of small grants, amounting to £1,600, including prizes to stimulate interest in practical handicrafts and for competitions among allotment holders and in schools, purchase of books for schools, libraries and literary clubs, etc. Generally speaking, these schemes are not administered by the Comptroller for Development and Welfare but by the Colonial Government concerned. As regards the functions of the Comptroller, I would invite my hon. Friend's attention to the reply by my predecessor to a Question by the hon. Member for Shipley (Mr. Creech Jones) on 8th October, 1941.