§ 16. Mr. Sorensen
asked the Under-secretary of State for the Colonies whether he can give the House full information as to the Jamaica Imperial Association; why a private group of persons has been authorised to recruit for the services and civilian war work; and why work of this character is not undertaken by the Government?
The Jamaica Imperial Association was founded in December, 1917, and comprises members of the commercial and planting community of the island. Among its objects is the consideration and promotion of all matters affecting the economic, social, agricultural, industrial or commercial welfare and development of Jamaica. My Noble 1383 Friend is not aware that this or any other group of private persons has been authorised to recruit for the services and for civilian war work. The Governor will, however, be asked for a report on the matter.
§ Mr. Sorensen
Is my hon. Friend aware that I have in my hand a West Indian paper in which an advertisement of this Association appears, calling for recruits on behalf of the Government? It having been originally quite private in its conception, does not my hon. Friend think it quite inappropriate that a private concern should be authorised to recruit in this way?