HC Deb 30 April 1923 vol 163 c950

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether any representations have been made to him with reference to the further development of the Island of Dominica; if so, what action he has taken in consequence of such representations; and whether, in view of the expressed intention of His Majesty's Government to further develop the resources of the British Empire as a whole, he will take steps to see what possibilities exist there?


Representations have been made in connection with the recommendation on this subject contained in my predecessor's Report on the West Indies and have been explored, but unfortunately without much success. The possibility of new industries has also been considered by the Commissioner of Agriculture for the West Indies, and will be investigated by the new Administrator when he reaches the island. I am glad, however, to be able to say that the sweet lime and citric acid trade, on which the Presidency mainly depends for its prosperity, has recently improved and that prospects are in consequence distinctly more hopeful than at the date when my right hon. Friend wrote his Report.


Will the hon. Gentleman consider the advisability of sending the hon. and gallant Member on a deputation to report on the possibility of development of that island?