HC Deb 01 June 1938 vol 336 cc2042-3
55. Sir P. Hannon

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether his attention has been called to the generous offer made by Sir Gordon Lethem, Governor of the Leeward Islands, to restore the old capstans at the Antigua dockyard at his own expense in commemoration of His late Majesty King George V.; and whether His Majesty's Government propose to support this proposal by undertaking additional restoration of some of the old buildings and landmarks of the dockyard in view of its historic associations with the British Navy?

Mr. M. MacDonald

No, Sir. But I am aware that both the present Governor and his predecessor have taken a keen personal interest in the preservation and restoration of the Old Dockyard at English Harbour, Antigua, and that some measures have been taken, with the assistance of a grant from the Carnegie Corporation, and funds raised by means of a local appeal.

Sir P. Hannon

In view of the great interest which attaches to this place, which was the foundation of British sea power in the days of Nelson, would His Majesty's Government be inclined to be sympathetic to the restoration of those old docks?

Mr. MacDonald

No proposals for fresh assistance have come to me from the present Governor. If any do come, I will, of course, consider them.

Mr. Markham

Is it not a fact that the Carnegie grant was for the precise purpose mentioned in the question?

Mr. MacDonald

Yes, that is so; but there is various other work to be done.

Mr. Pritt

Would it not be better to let the Navy do its own work?