Oral Answers to Questions — Seychelles (Conditions)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 28th February 1945.

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Photo of Major Abraham Lyons Major Abraham Lyons , Leicester East 12:00 am, 28th February 1945

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.

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

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.

Photo of Major Abraham Lyons Major Abraham Lyons , Leicester East

Arising out of the first part of that reply, does the right hon. and gallant Gentleman expect that this will be put into effect as soon as ever it is practicable?

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

Certainly, as soon as practicable.

Photo of Mr Benjamin Riley Mr Benjamin Riley , Dewsbury

May I ask whether some of these schemes have not been under consideration for a matter of two years, and whether any progress has been madeā€”in fisheries, in particular?

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

If the hon. Gentleman has any particular scheme in mind, perhaps he will put a question down. The schemes to which I have referred are new.