§ Mr. Eden
I regret that the Newfoundland Government have not been able to report any improvement in economic conditions in the island during the past summer. Though the mining industry has been operating on its normal basis, the fishing season has been a disappointing one and logging operations were also below normal during the first half of the year. The number of persons in receipt of public relief in August was about 1819 45,000 as compared with 40,000 in August, 1938. The outbreak of the war has, of course, introduced many new factors, the effect of which on the economic position of Newfoundland it is difficult to estimate at present. The question of obtaining from Newfoundland supplies of iron ore, fish, pitprops and other timber for use in this country is being actively considered. Arrangements have been made to recruit Newfoundland seamen for service in the Royal Navy for the duration of hostilities and similar proposals for recruitment for the Army are under consideration.
§ Mr. Lunn
Will the right hon. Gentleman endeavour to get an up-to-date report upon what is happening in Newfoundland? I should like to know whether conditions now are not worse than as disclosed in the last report, presented many months ago, and also what is being done about land settlement in Newfoundland?
§ Brigadier-General Sir Henry Croft
May I ask whether any steps have been taken to assist recruiting there for the Mercantile Marine, even to the extent of granting passages to this country?
§ Mr. McGovern
Will the right hon. Gentleman give us the assurance that although Parliamentary Government has been abolished in Newfoundland the people there will still be allowed to fight for democracy?