HC Deb 30 October 1884 vol 293 cc533-4

asked the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies, Whether, in view of the fact that immigration to the Island of Grenada has almost ceased, the Government will recommend the Local Government of Grenada that the Immigration Department, now uselessly maintained at a large annual cost, be abolished; if it is a fact that the Excise Duties were increased some years ago for the purpose of establishing a Grammar School; and, whether such a School has been established?


A small number of immigrants had been applied for this year, and are now on their way to Grenada. The Royal Commissioners have recommended that ample provision be made for the continuance of immigration. Until it is decided whether the system is to continue, the Immigration Department, the cost of which is about £700 a year, cannot be abolished. The Excise Duty was increased to provide for the salary of the Lieutenant Governor, which had, up to that time, been paid by the Imperial Treasury, and to make up for general deficiency of revenue; but this increase was in no way connected with a proposal to establish a grammar school. Such a school had not yet been established.