§ 4. Mr. Hector Hughes
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he will take steps to establish a public company in Trinidad to develop the manufacturing industries there.
§ The Secretary of State for the Colonies (Mr. Creech Jones)
The Government of Trinidad attaches importance to the development of manufacturing industries, and a standing committee sits regularly to hear and report to the Government on applications for assistance. The Government have not so far thought it necessary to take action on the lines suggested by my hon. and learned Friend, though such a proposal is not excluded from consideration. I am informed, however, that a public company has been formed by local business men, to be known as the Caribbean Development Company Limited, which proposes to erect factories for the manufacture among other things of paper, glass, plywood, beer, nails and caustic soda.
§ Mr. Hughes
Can the Minister tell us if any report will be made to this House with regard to the inauguration of these industries?
§ Mr. Creech Jones
Certainly, Sir, I am awaiting the report now, and it will include a section on industry in Trinidad.