Oral Answers to Questions — Jamaica (Cattle Industry)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 29th June 1949.

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Photo of Mr Frederick Skinnard Mr Frederick Skinnard , Harrow East 12:00 am, 29th June 1949

asked the Secretary of. State for the Colonies if, in view of the importance of the development of the cattle industry in Jamaica, he will take steps to secure an early appointment to the post of pastures officer, which has been vacant for two years.

Mr. Creech Jones:

The pasture management officer resigned, for personal reasons, in 1947. It was then decided to abolish the post and for the duties to devolve on the permanent establishment of the agricultural department.

Photo of Mr Frederick Skinnard Mr Frederick Skinnard , Harrow East

In view of the increasing importance of the cattle industry in the West Indies generally, and particularly in Jamaica, would it not be possible to appoint an officer specifically to help the pen keepers in the industry.

Mr. Creech-Jones:

That is a matter within the competence of the Government of Jamaica itself, and I have no doubt that they are very much exercised both with regard to the veterinary side of their agricultural department and the desirability of improving stocks as soon as they can.

Photo of Mr Cyril Osborne Mr Cyril Osborne , Louth Borough

In view of the fact that the cattle breeders in Jamaica are doing a lot of this work themselves with very satisfactory results in Jamaica, since Jamaica is not paying it own way, is it not better to let the people do the job?

Mr. Creech Jones:

It happens that the agricultural department give advice and help to the stock breeders.

Photo of Mr Frederick Skinnard Mr Frederick Skinnard , Harrow East

Is my right hon. Friend aware that this problem of the pen keepers association has meant that a demand for the appointment has arisen?