Mr Roland Robinson: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what arrangements have been made to open discussions between the Governments of the Federation of The West Indies and the United States of America with regard to the United States offer of assistance to the Federation; and whether he proposes to send representatives to attend these discussions.
Mr Roland Robinson: Will my right hon. Friend make it very clear indeed to the American Government that their offer of assistance to The West Indian Federation is very welcome in this country?
Mr Roland Robinson: My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister will be aware that it will be the hope of hon. Members on all sides of the House that this plan, which, obviously, has imagination and inspiration, will be accepted and adopted by Turks, Greeks and Cypriots alike and that it will succeed. Nevertheless, would my right hon. Friend care to say what would be the position if the new policy were not accepted,...
Mr Roland Robinson: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies the number of co-operative societies in the Colonies, their membership and owned funds in 1951 and 1956, respectively.
Mr Roland Robinson: I beg to move, in page 14, line 14, to leave out "first year" and to insert "years". My right hon. and hon. Friends and I do not wish to move the first of these three Amendments but to base our arguments this time on the second Amendment, which I am now moving, and to which the third is consequential. Therefore, we should be very happy to discuss the whole problem at once. The purpose of...
Mr Roland Robinson: No doubt when the hon. and learned Gentleman goes to Blackpool he goes to his party conference and meets his colleagues, not my constituents.
Mr Roland Robinson: May I interrupt for a moment? The right hon. Gentleman was on the Committee and, as he says, many of us were not, so he must remember that we publicly went on record at that time by putting our names down in support of an Amendment in the name of my hon. Friend the Member for East Bournemouth and Christchurch (Mr. N. Nicolson).
Mr Roland Robinson: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what has been the duration of the discussions between the University College of the West Indies and the Imperial College of Tropical Agriculture on the question of providing a first degree in agriculture in the Caribbean; and when it is hoped to conclude these discussions and announce a decision.
Mr Roland Robinson: In view of the fact that these discussions have been going on for so long, will my hon. Friend use whatever influence he has in the matter in order to expedite the announcement of a decision?
Mr Roland Robinson: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how many limited liability companies have been registered in Jamaica during the past year with a capital of £5,000 and more; how many established companies of similar size have increased their capital during the same period and whether he will continue to support the Government of Jamaica in its plans for industrial and agricultural expansion.
Mr Roland Robinson: Can my hon. Friend say how much this industrial expansion has been brought about by the Jamaican Pioneer Industries legislation?
Mr Roland Robinson: Will my right hon. hon. Friend say whether there is any possibility of the government of British Somaliland being carried out without a financial subsidy from the United Kingdom by 1960?
Mr Roland Robinson: Is my right hon. Friend aware that it is the desire of my hon. Friends also that Africans in Kenya should follow the sensible advice given them from the other side of the House and try to make this compromise work?
Mr Roland Robinson: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what steps are being taken to secure an adequate supply of rice for the West Indies during the current year, in view of the acknowledgement of the British Guiana Rice Marketing Board that it cannot fulfil its contractual commitments following the comparative failure of the recent crop.
Mr Roland Robinson: Like other hon. Members who have spoken, I would pay my own warm personal tribute to the memory of the late Walter Elliot. He had been with us for so long and played such a large part in our deliberations and in our Parliamentary life that he had in a way become part of each and every one of us. I am sure that in the months to come we shall all feel a sense of great personal loss as we...
Mr Roland Robinson: At this stage of the debate it must be abundantly clear that the new West Indies Federation carries the good wishes of all of us on both sides of the House. I was interested especially in the speech of the hon. Member for Eton and Slough (Mr. Brockway). He spoke with warmth and feeling about the West Indies and expressed his hope that their Government would reflect the feelings of his side of...
Mr Roland Robinson: The Constitution, of course, has been drafted only recently, and we in this House are aware, as are the people of the West Indies, that political climate changes from day to day. Indeed, we on this side firmly believe that freedom slowly broadens down from precedent to precedent: and because the West Indies have a new Constitution now, which is fitting to start with, it surely does not mean...
Mr Roland Robinson: I quite understand, but I think that a fairer picture is painted by pointing out that there are a great many ships ploughing backwards and forwards. We should not make the picture too black by saying that one ship, and one only, does a circular tour. I have said that we should do everything we can to strengthen the West Indies Federation. In my opinion, the Federation will be strengthened in...
Mr Roland Robinson: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what progress has been made in housing in British Guiana during the last three years; and what proportion of these loans has been financed through the British Guiana Credit Corporation.
Mr Roland Robinson: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what action has been taken on the report by the housing adviser which recommended a model estate on reclaimed land in Bathurst; and when it is hoped that construction will begin.