Jamaica (Government)

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Supply – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 21st March 1945.

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Photo of Mr Reginald Sorensen Mr Reginald Sorensen , Leyton West 12:00 am, 21st March 1945

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies the names of the Ministers in the Jamaican Government; and whether a public indication of policy and prospective legislation has been given.

Photo of Mr Paul Emrys-Evans Mr Paul Emrys-Evans , Derbyshire Southern

The Jamaica Constitution makes no provision for the appointment of Ministers. But five elected members of the House of Representatives are assigned to particular Departments, in the work of which they participate fully in a consultative capacity. I am circulating in the OFFICIAL REPORT the names of the five members so elected. My right hon. and gallant Friend is not aware whether any statement of policy or programme of legislation has been issued by the Executive Council as a whole.

Photo of Mr Reginald Sorensen Mr Reginald Sorensen , Leyton West

Were those five who were appointed all members of Mr. Bustamante's party?

Photo of Mr Paul Emrys-Evans Mr Paul Emrys-Evans , Derbyshire Southern

I could not say without notice.

Following is the statement:

The five members who have been elected for appointment to the Executive Council are Mr. H. E. Allan, Mr. A. Bustamante, Mr. E. R. D. Evans, Mr. J. A. McPherson and Mr. F. A. Pixley.