Oral Answers to Questions — Aden (Social and Economic Programme)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 7th March 1945.

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Photo of Major Abraham Lyons Major Abraham Lyons , Leicester East 12:00 am, 7th March 1945

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether steps have yet been taken to prepare, by means of a joint official and non-official committee, a five- or 10-year programme of social and economic betterment, covering all the territories and islands administered or controlled by the Governor of Aden.

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

The first draft of such a programme has been prepared and is now under examination. The Governor proposes to appoint a committee representative of the principal interests in the Colony to examine it in detail.

Photo of Major Abraham Lyons Major Abraham Lyons , Leicester East

Can my right hon. and gallant Friend say when that committee will be effective?