HC Deb 09 March 1949 vol 462 cc1177-8
56. Mr. Skinnard

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what action has recently been taken to replace Jamaica Welfare, Limited, by a direct government agency; and whether he is prepared to make a statement.

Mr. Creech Jones

Legislation providing for the establishment of the Jamaica Social Welfare Commission on 1st April, 1949, is now in its final stages. This development is based on proposals made by Jamaica Welfare, Limited, for the creation of a statutory body to take over the work of the Company. A sum of £15,000 is being included in the 1949–50 draft Estimates to continue the present work while the Commission are drawing up plans and estimates: on their receipt the Jamaica Government will consider to what extent assistance should be sought from Colonial Development and Welfare funds. Funds have been provisionally allocated in the Jamaica 10-year development plan.

Mr. Skinnard

While recognising the excellent work done by the organisation known as Jamaica Welfare, Limited, may I ask my right hon. Friend if he will ensure that any successor body shall proceed on similar lines?

Mr. Creech Jones

This scheme is based on the representations of Jamaica Welfare, Limited.