Mr Roland Robinson: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what progress has been made in the carrying out of the economic development plan for British Guiana announced by his predecessor on 8th February, 1954.
Mr Roland Robinson: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what steps have now been taken towards a common currency for the British West Indies.
Mr Roland Robinson: What difficulties are preventing a final solution of the problem?
Mr Roland Robinson: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he has now received the Report from the fact-finding mission of inquiry into the West Indian citrus industry; whether he proposes to publish the Report; and what action he proposes to take on it.
Mr Roland Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will make a statement on the present position with regard to a federation of the British Caribbean territories.
Mr Roland Robinson: While congratulating my right hon. Friend on the very satisfactory results which have been achieved, may I ask whether it is abundantly clear that an opportunity may be given to British Guiana to enter the Federation at a later date? If the answer is in the affirmative, will British Guiana be asked to send an observer to the forthcoming conference?
Mr Roland Robinson: I listened with great interest to the speech of my right hon. Friend for, in common with hon. and right hon. Members on both sides of the House, I welcome the continuation and expansion of the Colonial Development and Welfare scheme. I take note of the amount of £120 million for the next five years, and that we are spending more money on colonial development and welfare than we have yet done...
Mr Roland Robinson: I cannot agree with the interpretation which the hon. Member places on his right hon. Friend's speech—
Mr Roland Robinson: —but if the right hon. Gentleman would like, even at this late stage, to pay a tribute to the work which has been done in the past by those people, I am ready to give way to him to allow him to do so.
Mr Roland Robinson: The whole point about colonial development is that there are advantages to both sides. Our interests are mutual. We help our Colonies in the common interest. That at some time this country has been enriched by what it has done is not to our discredit at all. The right hon. Gentleman, while approving the principle of the Bill, said not enough was being done. I am not really surprised that he...
Mr Roland Robinson: I am sure the hon. Member does not suggest that people in the Colonies should stand back in the queue and wait until all his people have an ample supply. Surely we could take the two things side by side. There are thousands of villages in Africa where the water supply is still inadequate and still impure. I believe that in a great many places the fetching and carrying of water take away a...
Mr Roland Robinson: Were the findings of the Commission unanimous?
Mr Roland Robinson: asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance whether the expert medical Committee, under the chairmanship of Sir Ernest Carling, considering matters relating to ageing ex-Service men has yet made its report; what report the Committee has made on the relationship between arterial diseases and amputations; and what action is to be taken on the matter.
Mr Roland Robinson: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what has been the result of his consultations with the parties concerned with regard to the provision of inter-island shipping services for the British West Indies.
Mr Roland Robinson: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will give a report on the present conditions in British Guiana.
Mr Roland Robinson: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he has now received the Report of the British Guiana Constitutional Commission; and what further action he proposes to take.
Mr Roland Robinson: asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation whether he will make a statement on the results of the International Conference on the Prevention of the Pollution of the Sea by Oil; and when it is anticipated that the agreed Convention will come into force.
Mr Roland Robinson: In congratulating my right hon. Friend on the success of this Conference, may I ask him whether he can say if Her Majesty's Government will ratify the Convention?
Mr Roland Robinson: My hon. Friend the Member for Tunbridge (Mr. G. Williams) has done a service to this House in raising this very important matter. The provision of adequate telephone facilities over the past few years has been impressed upon this House more than ever before. I do not remember ever receiving a letter from a constituent in the days before the war, asking for my help to get a telephone installed...
Mr Roland Robinson: asked the Assistant Postmaster-General how many telephone subscribers in the Blackpool, North Shore, South Shore and Marton telephone exchanges use shared lines.