HC Deb 28 February 1945 vol 408 cc1366-7
39. Colonel Lyons

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether his attention has been called to the general conditions of the Seychelles Islanders; and whether the five-year plan for their social and economic betterment has been, or is being, prepared.

Colonel Stanley

I am aware that there is need for improvement in Seychelles in regard to social conditions generally. I have approved in principle proposals from the Governor for a re-organisation of the Colony's health services and improvements to the hospital. A director of education was recently appointed to the Colony, and a comprehensive programme of educational reform has been prepared. As regards the last part of the Question, plans for the social and economic development of the Colony are under consideration.

Colonel Lyons

Arising out of the first part of that reply, does the right hon. and gallant Gentleman expect that this will be put into effect as soon as ever it is practicable?

Colonel Stanley

Certainly, as soon as practicable.

Mr. Riley

May I ask whether some of these schemes have not been under consideration for a matter of two years, and whether any progress has been made—in fisheries, in particular?

Colonel Stanley

If the hon. Gentleman has any particular scheme in mind, perhaps he will put a question down. The schemes to which I have referred are new.

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