HC Deb 14 June 1944 vol 400 cc1973-4
41. Mr. Gallacher

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he has approved tile action taken by the Governor of Jamaica in rejecting the unanimous proposals of the Kingston and St. Andrews Corporation for an increase of rates within the corporate area on premises whose value in the tax roll exceeds £1,000; as the alternative proposal for an increase in rates on all premises valued over £20 bears heavily upon small shopkeepers and artisans, and has increased rentals in working class tenements and residential areas; and as the overriding of the decisions of a popularly elected body tends to prejudice the future success of the Jamaican Constitution.

Colonel Stanley

I am making inquiry of the Governor about this matter and I will communicate with the hon. Member when his reply is received.

Mr. Gallacher

Will the Colonial Secretary see to it that the big interests are not allowed to put the burden on the small people and to get away without it themselves?

Colonel Stanley

I am not going to anticipate the Governor's proposals.