HC Deb 07 June 1939 vol 348 c417
54. Mr. Paling

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the extension of the scheme for providing small holdings in St. Helena has been approved; and, if so, how many holdings are to be provided?

Mr. M. MacDonald

Following discussion with my agricultural adviser and a. member of my Department during their recent visit to St. Helena, the Governor has now recommended the construction of additional cottage homesteads in country districts. He has submitted an interim application for assistance from the Colonial Development Fund to enable the construction of two additional cottages in country areas and two blocks of three cottages in Jamestown to be begun so as to keep the building staff of the Public Works Department fully occupied pending my consideration of his general proposals. This interim application will be referred to the Colonial Development Advisory Committee with my full support.

Mr. Garro Jones

Is this all that the Government propose to do to deal with the great distress which exists in this Colony?

Mr. MacDonald

No, Sir. This is an interim proposal pending the consideration of a much larger scheme.

Mr. Mander

Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether a distinguished visitor is shortly to be expected in St. Helena?