Papermaking and Cement Manufacturing

Oral Answers to Questions — Jamaica – in the House of Commons on 9th December 1942.

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Photo of Mr David Adams Mr David Adams , Consett

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that proposals of responsible citizens in Jamaica for establishing, without Government assistance, the industry of papermaking and that for Portland cement, together with the planting of some 1,500 acres of unused land for providing supplementary raw materials for papermaking, although satisfying Government requirements, have been refused authority to proceed; and whether, as these schemes would provide additional employment and contribute to the prosperity of the Colony, he will take steps to remove the embargo against them?

Photo of Hon. Oliver Stanley Hon. Oliver Stanley , Westmorland

With regard to paper-making, I have nothing to add to the reply given to my hon. Friend on 1st July. As regards cement, the position is that the establishment of a cement factory in Jamaica, whatever its importance as a peace-time project, is impracticable in time of war, since the necessary machinery cannot be made available.

Photo of Mr David Adams Mr David Adams , Consett

Will the Minister allow me to express astonishment that he apparently has not the information?