HC Deb 30 April 1923 vol 163 cc948-9
17. Lieut.-Colonel Sir J. NORTON-GRIFFITHS

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 Fiji Islands; 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?


The prospects of further development of the Fiji Islands are constantly under the consideration of the Colonial Government and of the Secretary of State, and I doubt whether more could be done by public effort than at present to ascertain what possibilities exist, though I shall be very glad to receive any suggestions.


Is it not a fact that the Colony, at the present moment, is asking for a large general purposes loan, and will the hon. Gentleman consider that proposal?


I will gladly look into that.