British Honduras (Gifts)

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Aviation – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 12th May 1954.

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Photo of Mr Thomas Reid Mr Thomas Reid , Swindon 12:00 am, 12th May 1954

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies the total amount of grants in aid and special gifts given by the British taxpayers to British Honduras since 1931.

Photo of Mr Oliver Lyttelton Mr Oliver Lyttelton , Aldershot

The total sum is £3,675,344, comprising the following items:

£
Grants in aid1,122,165
Colonial Development and Welfare schemes2,382,896
Hurricane, 1931. Remission of outstanding loan106,388
Loss on currency revaluation, 195063,895
£3,675,344

Photo of Mr Thomas Reid Mr Thomas Reid , Swindon

In view of this enormous generosity on the part of the British taxpayer to 75,000 people, seeing that we have about 90 million in our Dependencies, may I ask if the right hon. Gentleman has any hope that these people will give up the will o' the wisp of Communism and co-operate with the Government in improving their prospects?

Photo of Mr Oliver Lyttelton Mr Oliver Lyttelton , Aldershot

I do not think the hon. Gentleman is correct in attributing the present situation in British Honduras to Communism. While I breath, I still hope.