asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether his attention has been called to the general conditions of the Seychelles Islanders; and whether the five-year plan for their social and economic betterment has been, or is being, prepared.
I am aware that there is need for improvement in Seychelles in regard to social conditions generally. I have approved in principle proposals from the Governor for a re-organisation of the Colony's health services and improvements to the hospital. A director of education was recently appointed to the Colony, and a comprehensive programme of educational reform has been prepared. As regards the last part of the Question, plans for the social and economic development of the Colony are under consideration.