HC Deb 05 May 1924 vol 173 cc24-5

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he has received a Report from the Governor of Jamaica regarding the use of his power to declare a matter of paramount importance in connection with a recent vote of the elected members of the Legislative Council of Jamaica on the salary of the managing director of the Government railway; what has been his reply; and whether he will support the Governor in any action he may take to protect the managing director from the attacks that have been made upon him?


I have received a telegram from the Governor on the subject, but I propose to defer consideration of the matter until I am in receipt of a full Report.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that this officer is an officer of wide experience, and may we, therefore, take it that no action will be sanctioned which is prejudicial, without a full and comprehensive inquiry?

Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

Is it true, as reported in to-day's papers, that this official has been given leave?


I think it would be better not to express an opinion until I have had a full Report, but equally, in fairness to the official in question, I should say that all the evidence tends to show that he is a most efficient and capable man, and nothing will be done to prejudice his position until a full Report is received.