HC Deb 09 February 1944 vol 396 c1752
23. Mr. Riley

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether any consideration is being given to the possibility of developing the working of bauxite deposits in Jamaica; and whether Government action is contemplated or whether such development is being left to private enterprise.

Mr. Emrys-Evans

It has been decided that the Jamaica bauxite deposits, not being immediately available, could not make a contribution to war needs. The question of the post-war development of these deposits is under consideration and I am not yet in a position to make any statement.

Mr. Riley

Is not the Minister aware that already there is a movement by American companies to consider the exploitation of bauxite in Jamaica, and is the Colonial Office watching what is taking place?

Mr. Emrys-Evans

Yes, Sir. The Colonial Office is watching.