HC Deb 07 December 1939 vol 355 cc822-3
Sir Annesley Somerville

(by Private Notice) asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs whether any information can be given as to the assistance which Newfoundland is rendering in connection with the war?

The Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs (Mr. Eden)

Newfoundland has been anxious to take its part, as it did so gallantly in the last war, in the common war effort which the Empire is making. Recruitment in Newfoundland for the Royal Navy is in active progress, and arrangements are also being made with a view to the enlistment of men for service in the Army. In addition, in order to reduce the assistance required from the United Kingdom Exchequer by way of grant-in-aid, Newfoundland is making a financial contribution in the form of certain increased taxation, which has been framed so as to fall on those best able to pay. This financial contribution has received the warm approval of the public and the Press in Newfoundland. His Majesty's Government greatly appreciate the patriotic spirit demonstrated in Newfoundland in the ready acceptance of this extra taxation, in spite of the economic difficulties under which the Island has been labouring.

Mr. Paling

Will serious action be taken meanwhile to see that when the men go back to Newfoundland they have decent jobs waiting for them and decent conditions?