Mr Roland Robinson: asked the Minister of Transport whether he has now received the report of the Committee appointed to consider what practical measures can be taken to prevent oil pollution of coastal waters; and whether he will publish this report.
Mr Roland Robinson: Will my right hon. Friend do all he can to expedite this report in the hope that the beaches at our British holiday resorts will not be polluted during the coming summer?
Mr Roland Robinson: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether British Guiana and Barbados have now decided to send either representatives or observers to the forthcoming conference on West Indian Federation.
Mr Roland Robinson: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether plans have now been completed for the reopening of Windsor Field, Nassau, so that suitable facilities may be available for British Overseas Airways Corporation to open a dollar-earning service with Comet aircraft.
Mr Roland Robinson: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what measure of success has been achieved with the experimental cultivation of jute in British Guiana; and whether it is now proposed to produce jute on a commercial basis in the Colony.
Mr Roland Robinson: asked the Minister of Food when he hopes to be able to announce details of the allocation of sugar and other scarce materials to new entrants into the chocolate and sweet manufacturing business.
Mr Roland Robinson: asked the Minister of Food to what extent it is proving necessary to increase the allocations of sugar to chocolate and sweet manufacturers following the derationing of sweets.
Mr Roland Robinson: asked the Minister of Pensions what progress has now been made with the distribution of the per capita grant to those who were Far East prisoners of war; when is it hoped to complete this distribution; what are the prospects of a second distribution; and how far it will be possible to widen this second distribution so as to include the parents of unmarried men and orphans.
Mr Roland Robinson: So far as the merits of the cases of parents and orphans are concerned, will my right hon. Friend do all he can to ensure that those merits are not obscured by difficulties of administration?
Mr Roland Robinson: Would my right hon. Friend refresh the memory of the House by stating the six major objectives of policy referred to in his statement?
Mr Roland Robinson: asked the Minister of Transport whether he has now concluded his review of the problem of the pollution of the sea and of beaches by oil; and what action he proposes to take in the matter.
Mr Roland Robinson: In view of the fact that pollution of the beaches of this country has been steadily increasing during the last six months would my right hon. Friend ask this committee and his advisers to expedite the matter as quickly as possible?
Mr Roland Robinson: I thought that the hon. Member for Rugby (Mr. J. Johnson) made a point of first-class importance in the early part of his speech when he said that in a great deal of our education in the Colonies we have taught the people there that the thing to be is a lawyer and have forgotten to teach the importance and dignity of productive work at the works bench. I should like to support the hon....
Mr Roland Robinson: The Secretary of State for the Colonies has tried very hard to convince some of the Colonies themselves of the need for federation. I can name important areas of the West Indies which have not agreed to come in.
Mr Roland Robinson: British Guiana, which is one of the key areas in the West Indies.
Mr Roland Robinson: It is an important part of the West Indies, and, if one asks the people in Jamaica and Trinidad, one finds that they want a federation which will include British Guiana. We must consider the whole area. Federation must mean closer association. If we are to have federation we must do something to get the people closer together. In that respect I urge on my hon. Friend the necessity of...
Mr Roland Robinson: I should be delighted to join forces with the hon. Gentleman to find a solution. Perhaps the real solution is to bring about an improvement in trade between Canada and the West Indies. We should liberalise this trade. For years there has been a great deal of mutual good will between Canada and the West Indies. We had expanding markets in both areas. It seems to me natural that a reciprocal...
Mr Roland Robinson: asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware of the growing competition from the United States of America which is being experienced by the West Indies citrus industry; that the export of citrus products is subsidised by the United States of America; and whether, under the terms of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, he will ask for a discussion on the limitations of...
Mr Roland Robinson: asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he has now received the Report of the Copyright Committee; and when it will be published.
Mr Roland Robinson: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what progress has been made in the compilation of aerial photographic surveys of British Guiana.