HC Deb 28 May 1883 vol 279 c947

asked the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies, What is the composition of the Commission of Inquiry which, as has been stated, was examining into the question of free representation in the Island of Jamaica; and, what are its instructions, when did it commence its labours, and when may its Report be expected?


Sir, the Commission of Inquiry consisted of Colonel Crossman, R.E., and Mr. Baden-Powell as Commissioners, with Mr. Harris, of the Colonial Office, as Secretary. Under their instructions they were to inquire into the public revenues, expenditure, debts, and liabilities of the Islands of Jamaica, Grenada, St. Vincent, Tobago, St. Lucia, and of the Leeward Islands. They commenced their work on the 6th of January in Jamaica. They have recently arrived home, and it is anticipated that their Report will be completed before the end of next month.