Mr Roland Robinson: asked the Assistant Postmaster-General the reasons for the delay in providing telephones in the Blackpool, North Shore, South Shore and Marton telephone exchanges.
Mr Roland Robinson: asked the Assistant Postmaster-General how many existing subscribers and how many outstanding applications there were for telephones on the Blackpool, North Shore, South Shore and Marton telephone exchanges, respectively, on 1st April, 1946, 1st April, 1950, and each subsequent 1st April.
Mr Roland Robinson: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will address a protest to the Government of Guatemala with regard to Guatemalan interference in the internal affairs of British Honduras.
Mr Roland Robinson: If there are so many questions to be discussed, can the hon. Member say why the whole Front Bench opposite has gone home? Every Labour Privy Councillor has gone home, and only five back-bench Members opposite are left.
Mr Roland Robinson: While congratulating my right hon. Friend on the practical steps taken to help British Guiana, may I ask whether it is correct that all the funds for this purpose are being provided by Her Majesty's Government? If that is so, is there a possibility of getting further funds from the World Bank, which recently made its Report?
Mr Roland Robinson: asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation whether he is aware of the effect on Blackpool and other seaside resorts of the recent interpretation of what constitutes a special occasion for the purposes of Section 61 of the Road Traffic Act, 1933; when he anticipates that the Report of the Thesiger Committee on this and allied matters will be available; and whether he will consider the...
Mr Roland Robinson: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will announce the composition and terms of reference of the Commission to be sent to British Guiana.
Mr Roland Robinson: I am very glad to have the opportunity of addressing the House on this important subject. I am especially grateful for the reason that for 19 years I have had a very practical interest in the Colony of British Guiana. My interest came, not as a politician, but from paying my first visit there in 1934, when I became interested in the possibilities of developing the interior of the Colony. I...
Mr Roland Robinson: The hon. Member for Oldham, West (Mr. Hale) should remember that at that time the Colonial Development Corporation had been formed by his own Government and it was the policy of his Government at the time to come into partnership with private enterprise because they believed in the development of the interior of British Guiana. I feel there can be no criticism of this Government for what...
Mr Roland Robinson: Yes, and decent wages. I have always supported a policy of high wages negotiated through recognised trade unions. I believe that the opportunity of raising the standard of living has been steadily declining during the past five or six months under the administration of P.P.P. I believe in the people. I believe, too, that the leadership of that party is in very bad hands indeed. One must ask,...
Mr Roland Robinson: I agree. I was not criticising the right hon. Gentleman for putting the question, but I was saying it was virtually impossible that Dr. Jagan would reply, "Yes." It is a well-known fact that Dr. Jagan has Communist affiliations, but, time and again, when the matter has been put publicly to Dr. Jagan, he has denied it.
Mr Roland Robinson: The hon. Gentleman has only to read the White Paper. The details are set out——
Mr Roland Robinson: It is true that it cannot——
Mr Roland Robinson: I also say we should be careful about the question of sabotage, because there is the important matter of the sea wall. The whole of the coastal area of British Guiana is devoted to sugar, rice and agriculture generally. It is in places below the sea level and there is a very high water table. If the wall were not carefully looked after, one man could make a breach in the sea wall and let in...
Mr Roland Robinson: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what information he has with regard to the strike now in progress on the sugar plantations in British Guiana.
Mr Roland Robinson: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the Government of Jamaica have now com- pleted their consideration of the Report of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development entitled, "The Economic Development of Jamaica"; and how far it has been decided to give effect to these recommendations.
Mr Roland Robinson: Can my right hon. Friend say whether the International Bank has made any offers of financial help in the event of the adoption of the recommendations?
Mr Roland Robinson: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the construction of the airstrip at Grand Cayman has now been completed; and what airlines are planning to provide services to this island.
Mr Roland Robinson: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies when the Industrial Development Board in Antigua hopes to complete the modernisation of the Government-owned cotton ginnery.
Mr Roland Robinson: asked the Minister of Transport when he expects to receive the report of his committee on the prevention of pollution of the sea by oil.