Mr Paul Emrys-Evans: I need not add to what the Prime Minister has said as to the danger involved to our security, and, indeed, our existence, by the attitude of neutrality adopted by the Eire Government in the war. There are, however, no grounds for suggesting that the Eire Government committed un-neutral acts to the disadvantage of this country.
Mr Paul Emrys-Evans: I have been asked to reply. Uriah Butler was detained under Section 16 of the Trinidad Defence Regulations in order to prevent his acting in any manner prejudicial to the public safety or defence. It has now been decided to release him from detention.
Mr Paul Emrys-Evans: Dr. Hallinan will not reach the age of bo until January, 1946, and I understand from the Governor that he will then retire. The last part of the Question does not, therefore, arise.
Mr Paul Emrys-Evans: That is another question.
Mr Paul Emrys-Evans: His Majesty's Government have decided that this Report should be published and Colonial Govern- ments were asked some little time ago to estimate minimum local requirements of copies with a view to simultaneous release here and in the West Indies. The date of publication will be fixed after the copies required have reached the West Indies.
Mr Paul Emrys-Evans: The Municipal Corporation Law in Cyprus provides that all municipal revenue must be exclusively devoted to municipal purposes within municipal limits. It is not, therefore, possible to sanction grants of this nature. It is the case that in the past a few small grants have, by inadvertence, been made by municipal councils for charitable purposes outside these limits. But such an oversight does...
Mr Paul Emrys-Evans: The scheme provides that all men in the two Artillery Regiments who have been absent from Newfoundland for 4½ years shall be entitled to 28 days of home leave exclusive of time spent in travelling, or, in the case of soldiers with wives or parents in this country, to a similar period of leave here, if they so prefer. Subject to reinforcements being available and to operational requirements,...
Mr Paul Emrys-Evans: I will go into that question.
Mr Paul Emrys-Evans: I understand that if an affiliation order is made by a court against a Canadian soldier the Canadian military authorities make such deductions as they deem appropriate from the pay of the soldier concerned for the benefit of the mother. Once, however, a soldier has been discharged, there is no way in which payment of the order can be enforced by the Canadian authorities. Civil proceedings...
Mr Paul Emrys-Evans: While fully appreciating the points raised by my hon. and gallant Friend, I must point out that this is a question which will require legislation both in this country and in Canada, and that until we have passed legislation here it will be difficult to take up the matter with the Canadian Government.
Mr Paul Emrys-Evans: As I have pointed out, legislation would have to take place in this country in the first place, as well as in Canada.
Mr Paul Emrys-Evans: That point should be raised with the Home Secretary.
Mr Paul Emrys-Evans: So far as self-governing territories are concerned, this is essentially a question of domestic jurisdiction. My Noble Friend is accordingly not in a position to take action in the sense suggested.
Mr Paul Emrys-Evans: No, Sir, it would be very undesirable, from every point of view, to interfere with the internal affairs of the Dominions.
Mr Paul Emrys-Evans: I did not hear what the hon. Gentleman asked me.
Mr Paul Emrys-Evans: I have been asked to reply. Yes, Sir. Improvements of hospital accommodation, both at Dar es Salaam and elsewhere, are at present being carried out, at an approximate cost of £100,000. Further improvements will be provided for in the post-war development programme, but this is still under consideration, and my right hon. and gallant Friend is not in a position to make a statement as to the...
Mr Paul Emrys-Evans: It is the African and European hospital.
Mr Paul Emrys-Evans: 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...
Mr Paul Emrys-Evans: I could not say without notice.
Mr Paul Emrys-Evans: Arrangements were made in 1943 whereby the Canadian and United States Governments, in concert with the Newfoundland Government, undertook to meet Newfoundland's war-time food requirements on the basis of imports in a normal prewar year, plus 20 per cent. to allow for the increase in the war-time population. These arrangements have worked satisfactorily in general, and are combined with a...