HC Deb 02 July 1941 vol 372 cc1338-9
35. Mr. Riley

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether his attention has been called to complaints of bad and inadequate sanitary provisions in the urban areas of the island of Nevis, St. Kitts, West Indies; and whether he is asking the local authorities as to what is being done by way of remedy?

Mr. George Hall

The Answer to the first part of the Question is in the affirmative. The question of urban sanitation in St. Kitts-Nevis has been examined by the Comptroller for Development and Welfare and his medical adviser, and the Governor of the Leeward Islands has reported by telegram that he has as a result despatched a public health scheme for Nevis and St. Kitts, involving assistance under the Colonial Development and Welfare Act.

Mr. Riley

Is my right hon. Friend aware of the strong feeling obtaining in the town of Basse Terre in St. Kitts at the lack of any organised and satisfactory system of sanitation there, and what steps are being taken to deal with this unsatisfactory situation?

Mr. Hall

We are paying attention to it, as the hon. Member will see from my reply.