HC Deb 25 March 1907 vol 171 cc1491-2

I beg to ask the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies at what date the sum of £1,000,000 was voted by the Colony of Jamaica as a contribution towards the expenses of the war between the British Empire and the French Republic; and at what date that sum was paid.


This money was not voted. In the Under-Secretary's reply to the hon. Member's Question a fortnight ago he used the word "subscribed" and his statement rests on the authority of the Official Jamaica Handbook, which states that no less than £1,000,000 was voluntarily subscribed to help England. He apprehends that the expenditure may have been incurred for the prosecution of the War in the West Indies, the cost of which largely fell on the Colony, but he has no precise information upon this matter.