HC Deb 22 September 1948 vol 456 cc858-9
14 General Sir George Jeffreys

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that a Commission known as the Curphey Commission was appointed in Jamaica in 1946 to inquire into the conditions of the lands allotted to ex-Service men of the first World War on demobilisation and since occupied by them; and when the report of this Commission, which is understood to have been in the hands of the Government of Jamaica for some months, is likely to be published.

Mr. Creech Jones

I am again consulting the 'Governor on the subject. I will communicate with the hon. and gallant Member as soon as I have received his reply.

Sir G. Jeffreys

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that it is said in Jamaica that the real reason why this Commission's Report is not being published is because it recommends the expenditure of a substantial sum in addition to the ex-Service men's claim, and will he ascertain whether that is the case?

Mr. Creech Jones

Yes, Sir. I will look into that point, but it is a matter, of course, within the range of the responsibilities of the Government of Jamaica itself.