HC Deb 14 March 1927 vol 203 cc1626-7
33. Sir W. de FRECE

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether any Crown Colonies are at the present time either requiring grants-in-aid to enable them to carry on their work of government or are showing deficits in revenue; and whether he will state in each case what are the reasons for this financial embarrassment?


The following Colonies, etc., receive formal grants-in-aid of ordinary revenue:

  • Cyprus.
  • Nyasaland.
  • Somaliland.
  • St. Helena.
  • Dominica.
For particulars of these grants, which in some cases are in the form of loans, I would refer my hon. Friend to the explanations given in the Estimate for Colonial Services. It is not possible within the limits of a reply to a question to explain the circumstances and financial history of each case.

Deficits are estimated for in the following Colonies, etc.:—

  • British Guiana (drought and serious agricultural depression).
  • St. Lucia (depression in staple industries).
  • Sierra Leone (short fall in import duties).
  • Uganda (fall in cotton prices).
  • Mauritius (fall in sugar prices).
  • Hong Kong (situation in China).

Colonel WEDGWO0D

Which of these subventions are not in the form of loans? Is it only in he case of Cyprus?


The Cyprus one is a subvention to meet part of the cost of the Ottoman. Debt.


All the others are merely loans now?


I am not sure that they are all. I should have to have notice of that question.