34. Mr. Creech Jones
asked the Under secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is satisfied with the existing administrative arrangements in regard to the Solomon Islands; whether a programme for developing the medical, educational and agricultural services is in hand; and what steps are being taken to secure a 1340 more rapid progressive development of the peoples of these islands?
§ Mr. George Hall
No, Sir. There is room for much to be done in the British Solomon Islands Protectorate, which has not enjoyed the same prosperity as many parts of the Colonial Empire. The High Commissioner for the Western Pacific and the Resident Commissioner are most anxious to improve conditions in the Protectorate, and my Noble Friend is now awaiting proposals for schemes under the Colonial Development and Welfare Act, 1940. Despite the exigencies of the war situation, it is hoped that some progress may be made.