HC Deb 16 December 1929 vol 233 cc966-7

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies if he can state, in respect of the last financial year for Cyprus, what sums have been spent in administration; what in the upkeep of State property; and what has been used for the welfare and general development of the island?

The UNDER-SECRETARY of STATE for the COLONIES (Dr. Drummond Shiels)

Apart from paper entries, the total Government expenditure in 1928 was £679,980. The whole of this sum, less £10,000 contributed to Imperial defence, was spent in the services and administration of the colony. This expenditure can properly be regarded as devoted to the welfare and general development of the island. I am not able to give an estimate of the proportion spent upon the upkeep of State property.

57. Mr. SMITH

asked the Under-.Secretary of State for the Colonies if he has received a reply to the memorandum which has been sent to the Governor of Cyprus on the question of the future government of the island and the possibility of a commission of inquiry; and whether he can make any statement to the House?


The despatch in question does not necessarily call for a reply, and none has so far been received. A Command Paper containing the correspondence and giving full information will be laid as soon as possible.


In view of the strong representations that have recently been made to the Government, cannot a commission of inquiry into this question be set up?


A commission of inquiry is not contemplated.

58. Mr. SMITH

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies what has been the amount of public financial assistance given to Cyprus for education in each of the years since 1925; what is the number, approximately, of children

Year. Amount of Government Assistance. Amount of Education Tax. Total public assistance. No. of scholars on roll. No. of children of Elementary School age. No. of Elementary Scholars on roll.
£ £ £
1926* 55,617 43,282 98,899 51,875 63,000 48,500
1927* 61,629 43,083 104,712 50,139 63,000 46,677
1928* 61,747 43,868 105,615 51,025 64,000 47,654
1929 (est.) 63,550 Not available.
*"School years" from preceding 1st October to 30th September of year quoted.
No figures are available for the number of children of Secondary School age, and consequently no figure can be given for the total number of children of School age. There are 995 schools in the Colony at present of which 992 are State-aided.